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Fremont Troll

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Highlights

  • 18-foot Fremont Troll, an emblem of the area’s quirky history

  • Mixed-media sculpture of rebar steel, wire & ferroconcrete

  • Located under Aurora Bridge & near Fremont’s main drag

  • Kid-friendly window into Seattle’s weird & creative side

  • Chance to climb on & interact with a local landmark

Highlights

  • 18-foot Fremont Troll, an emblem of the area’s quirky history

  • Mixed-media sculpture of rebar steel, wire & ferroconcrete

  • Located under Aurora Bridge & near Fremont’s main drag

  • Kid-friendly window into Seattle’s weird & creative side

  • Chance to climb on & interact with a local landmark

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Fremont Troll

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Fremont Troll

3405 Troll Ave N

Seattle 98103


Description

Though Seattle’s waterfront now has an entire park dedicated to sculptures, none of them capture the city’s essential weirdness like the Fremont Troll. Sitting under the Aurora Bridge, this mixed media ode to Three Billy Goats Gruff harkens back to yesterday’s Seattle—quirky, creative, and wary of newcomers.

Head to North 36th Street and Troll Avenue North to find this grisly figure perched under the bridge, just a few blocks above Fremont’s busiest thoroughfare. Made of rebar steer, wire, and ferroconcrete, the troll stands 18 feet tall and weighs in at 13,000 pounds. This locally loved landmark was built by the design/build firm Jersey Devils after winning a contest in 1989.

It’s meant to be interacted with, so climb onto the troll's massive hand, tap its hubcap eye, and snap some pics. The troll's left hand clutches an old-school Volkswagen Beetle that used to have a California plate—a warning to unwanted newcomers—that has since been stolen.

After you take in your fill, walk west to Fremont’s main drag for a bite to eat, a walk along the canal, or a look at the neighborhood’s other towering sculpture—one in the likeness of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.