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Drive down Troll Avenue to come face to face with this fun piece of public art. The Fremont Troll is one of Seattle's most unique roadside attractions. While touring Seattle, many tourists claim locals will ask if they've seen their local celebrity. What they are referring to is the Fremont Troll. Interestingly enough, the troll has even been featured in a few movies, including one of Seattle's most memorable films—"Sleepless in Seattle." It also had a brief appearance in the 1999 teen comedy, "10 Things I Hate About You.”
If you look closely, the Fremont Troll is holding an actual Volkswagen Beetle. The creators wanted it to appear as if it had just grabbed it from the roadway above. The car has a California license plate. It is 18 feet tall, weighs 13,000 pounds, is and made from wire, steel, rebar, and concrete.
In 1990, the Fremont Arts Council decided to hold a competition with the goal to rehabilitate the area under the Aurora Bridge. This part of the city was in sad deterioration, becoming a place for drug deals, shady characters, and drug paraphernalia disposal. A team of four local artists, led by Steve Badanes, created the structure. They went on later to win the competition.
If you do make the stop, The Fremont Bridge is located nearby where you can see more of Fremont's public art pieces. The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle actually has its own quirky vibe and a great reputation for its public art displays. The troll is located under the north end of the Aurora Bridge, which is also called George Washington Memorial Bridge. The site is open 24 hours. Cover image via Flickr by Darcy (CC BY 2.0).