This is one of the most interesting sculptures in Seattle, a place visitors must visit. Part of Seattle's charm comes from him. I moved to Seattle in 1989, when it was just finished. In the giant's hand is a Beetle. The idea came from the giant's capture of the beetle on the Orola Bridge. The car contains a time capsule. What a clever idea! Find its hubcap eyeball. Super shooting time!
Fremont is truly one of the more magical parts of Seattle and if you've read my other reviews of the City, you'll know that I find it to be a truly fascinating place. Show this picture to kids and they think its real. True Story. In fact, I just heard it last night when my girlfriend shared she showed our travel pics from Seattle with her nephew and he didn't want to look at it. After some explanation, he thought it was cool so no worries, we aren't haunting children. My point is, there is Life to this creation and whether it speaks in the way we do, it speaks to our spirits and has a presence (it does hold up a bridge after all). Anyway, the Troll amazing and worth paying homage to from time to time!
One of Seattle's coolest landmarks is, strangely enough, a concrete troll gobbling up a Volkswagen beneath a highway overpass. It's one of the main attractions of a neighborhood a little off the beaten path for most tourists, but one worth exploring nonetheless. It's a quirky neighborhood that takes pride in its bohemian, artsy aesthetic. Any stroll around the area uncovers tons of public art and sculpture, including the statue of Soviet leader Lenin. Why? Who cares? The troll is just the most noteworthy of tons of inexplicably awesome sights to see in the area.
If nothing else, you can take some awesome pictures here. Look Ma! I'm picking a giant troll's nose! Hey fb friends, i'm someplace totally awesome - guess where?! It's only about a mile down the road from the most awesome cuban sandwich place on earth (Paseo's) so you might as well walk off that food coma by visiting a giant, randomly-placed work of art - especially if you're lucky enough to visit Seattle during good weather, which fortunately, I was!
I'm not quite sure how to review a giant concrete troll, but this is one of the things that reminds me why I love Seattle. Built back in the 1990s to combat the drug dealing happening under the Aurora Bridge in the artsy district of Fremont, the Troll has become a tourist attraction. You'll see dozens of people from around the world each day, arriving to photograph the 20-foot creature (who is clutching a real VW bug in his hand).
Who doesn't love a troll under a bridge? Fun facts:1) the best sandwich place, Paseo, in Seattle and dare i say it, perhaps all of the west coast, is in the same neighborhood So whether you get to Fremont for the sandwich or the Troll, make sure you pair it with the other. Sandwich + troll = awesome combo. 2) the Troll was in 10 Things I Hate About You. 3) the car under its left hand is a real VW bug.
Ask a local for directions to the Fremont Troll. The address is 3405 Troll Ave N, otherwise known as underneath the Highway 99 bridge, but the easiest thing is to ask. If it’s sunny there will be plenty of tourists making their way for photo ops. You might recognize this grumpy gentlemen from Ten Things I Hate About You. Climb on his head!
The idea of a troll living under a bridge originates in Scandinavian folklore, but actually came into existence in Seattle when the giant Fremont Troll was created in 1990, in part to help revitalize the area. The troll, which visitors are welcome to climb on, is holding a real Volkswagen Beetle, as though he had snatched it from the road above.