The Fremont Troll
Washington

The Fremont Troll

We all know the story. Once upon a time three goats try to cross a bridge in search of more food. Each encounters a giant bridge troll who refuses to let each pass but is tricked into letting them go as each tells his of his bigger, older brother to come.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

Most know this as just a story, a fairy tale, a tall legend told throughout the years that couldn’t possibly be true. But the residents of Fremont know that such a mythical bridge troll most certainly exists.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

In 1989 the Fremont Arts Council held a contest to select an idea for an art project to occupy the space under the Aurora Bridge. Disillusioned by the idea of the space becoming a waste dump, they wanted to do something different and more imaginative. After five projects were picked, the community voted and the bridge troll received overwhelming support.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Troll was a collaboration by artists Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead and is an amazing 2-ton, 18-foot creature made from rebar steel, wire and 2 tons of ferroconcrete.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

One shining eye watches for visitors and billy goats alike and in one hand he clutches an actual Volkswagen Beetle.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

But don’t worry, unlike the troll from the myth this one seems friendlier: visitors are encouraged to climb up him and around him and get your photo taken with him. But, just to be safe, I wouldn’t bring any goats by.

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

Site: The Fremont Troll
Location: N 36th St, Fremont, Seattle, Washington (Under the Aurora Ave. Bridge)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: June 29, 2009

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