Fremont Troll, North 36th Street...
Last updated on April 17th, 2023
The Fremont Troll is straight out of a fairytale, Instagram-famous, and with a few cameos in movies and wedding albums under its belt. This iconic sculpture sits under the Aurora Bridge in the Fremont neighborhood and draws kids of all ages to climb, play, and explore.
The backstory of this Seattle icon is quite interesting. In 1989, the city of Seattle asked the Fremont Arts Council to put on an arts competition with the hope of renovating the area under the Aurora Bridge and reshaping it into a positive location versus the garbage dump it had become. Sculptor Steve Badanes won the competition and led a team including Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead and many volunteers to create this 18-foot sculpture inspired by the childhood storybook Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Fun fact, the VW Beetle clutched by the troll was real, donated after a front-end collision and served as a time capsule holding Elvis Presely memorabilia. The memorabilia was stolen prompting volunteers to fill the car with cement.
Make the most of your trip to the Fremont neighborhood by walking the bridge, along the Fremont canal, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants, or make the trek over to Gasworks Park.