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The Troll, also known as the Fremont Troll or the Troll Under the Bridge, is a piece of whimsical public art in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington in the United States. Public art is art that is exposed in a public space, either an outdoor location or in a publicly accessible building. ... Fremont Fremont is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ... For the Suquamish chief, see Chief Seattle. ...


The idea of a troll living under a bridge is derived from the Scandinavian folk tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff." This article is about the edifice (it is mostly an index to articles concerning specific bridge types). ... Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe named after the Scandinavian Peninsula. ... Folklore is the ethnographic concept of the tales, legends, or superstitions current among a particular ethnic population, a part of the oral history of a particular culture. ... Three Billy Goats Gruff is a famous fairy tale of Scandinavian origin, in which three goats cross a bridge, under which is a fearsome troll who tries to prevent them from crossing it. ...

The Fremont Troll lives beneath a bridge in Seattle
The Fremont Troll lives beneath a bridge in Seattle

The troll is a mixed-media megalithic statue, located on N. 36th Street at Troll Avenue N., under the north end of the Aurora Bridge. (Troll Avenue was renamed in its honor in 2005.) It is clutching an actual original Volkswagen Beetle, as if it had just swiped it from the roadway above. Somewhat amusingly, the vehicle has a California license plate. Download high resolution version (1024x768, 143 KB)The Fremont Troll by kcline: The infamous Fremont Troll located under the George Washington Bridge in the Seattle, Washington area. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 143 KB)The Fremont Troll by kcline: The infamous Fremont Troll located under the George Washington Bridge in the Seattle, Washington area. ... For the Suquamish chief, see Chief Seattle. ... Trolls with an abducted princess (John Bauer, 1915). ... Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. ... Categories: Stub | Bridges in Washington | Cantilever bridges | Seattle, WA ... The Volkswagen Beetle or Bug is a small family car, the best known car of Volkswagen, of Germany, and almost certainly the world. ...


The piece was commissioned by the Fremont Arts Council in 1989, and built in 1990. The Troll was sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter and Ross Whitehead. The Troll is interactive—visitors are encouraged to clamber on him or try to poke out his one good eye (a hubcap). The Troll is 18 feet high and weighs two tons. The troll himself is made of steel rebar, wire and ferroconcrete. The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) is an organization that supports the arts and artists in and around the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... There are several conceptual views of interactivity, the most general being the contingency view. ... A reflective hubcap A hubcap or wheel cover is a decorative disk on an automobile wheel that covers at least a central portion of the wheel. ... The old steel cable of a colliery winding tower Steel is a metal alloy whose major component is iron, with carbon being the primary alloying material. ... A tied rebar beam cage. ... Reinforced concrete at Sainte Jeanne dArc Church (Nice, France): architect Jacques Dror, 1926–1933 Reinforced concrete, also called ferroconcrete in some countries, is concrete in which reinforcement bars (rebars) or fibers have been incorporated to strengthen the material that would otherwise be brittle. ...


In 1998, Silas Garfield Cool, a mentally ill individual, shot and killed Mark McLaughlin, a Metro bus driver, as he was driving his bus over the Aurora Bridge, causing the bus to crash through the railing onto an apartment building some 40 feet below, directly across the street from the Troll. Herman Liebelt, 69, died as a result of the accident and 32 other passengers were injured. The sculpture became an impromptu memorial for the victims of the crash, with mourners leaving flowers, notes, and mementos at its base. For a time, the Troll sported a single tear below its left eye, cut from paper. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Silias Garfield Cool, also known as Steven Gary Cool, was an eccentric loner who, on November 27, 1998, shot and killed a Seattle Metro bus driver before killing himself. ... There are also other systems named Metro Transit Metro Transit, Metro for short, is the public transit authority of King County, Washington, a division of the King County Department of Transportation. ...


On Halloween, neighborhood residents hold a "Trollaween" party at the site. Halloween is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets or money. ...


Hale's Ales, based in Fremont, produces "Troll Porter", a beer named after the Fremont Troll. Hales Ales is a brewer of craft beers based in Seattle, Washington. ...


The troll can be seen in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. 10 Things I Hate About You movie poster 10 Things I Hate About You second poster 10 Things I Hate About You is an American romantic comedy film, released March 31, 1999. ...


External links

  • Fremont Arts Council
  • Artists Republic of Fremont
  • Fremont Chamber of Commerce: Urban Myths - The Fremont Troll
  • Pictures and facts about The Fremont Troll plus the placemark of the Troll on Google Earth map

  Results from FactBites:
 
Fremont Troll, Seattle, Washington (324 words)
The Fremont troll has been lurking under the north end of the Aurora bridge since 1990.
The troll achieved more notoriety in 1998 when the a man shot a bus driver and ran the bus off the Aurora bridge, crashing on top of an apartment building.
Despite the troll's name, it is not under the nearby Fremont bridge.
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