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Fee-fi-fo-fum: A troll is coming to Nordic Northwest

Through a partnership with the Scan Design Foundation and other partners, Danish environmental artist Thomas Dambo will create massive troll sculptures at six locations around the PNW, including Portland.

A giant wooden troll sculpture sits on the edge of a stream with people on its legs.

The sculptures will range from 12 to 20 ft and interact with their surroundings.

Photo via Thomas Dambo + Scan Design Foundation

In folklore, trolls are beings imbued with natural magic, possessing bodies of stone and craggy faces covered in dirt and moss. The whimsical creatures serve as inspiration for Danish environmental artist Thomas Dambo, whose towering troll sculptures can be found around the world, from Australia to Northern Ireland.

Soon, Portland will be home to one of his pieces. Together with the Scan Design Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and other partners, Dambo will bring his “Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King” exhibition to the Pacific Northwest this summer.

The first figure will be constructed in the wetlands beside Nordic Northwest in the Metzger neighborhood, where visitors will be able to visit it down a gravel path. Each troll (five will be in Washington) will be made completely with recycled materials, interact with its surroundings, and stay for at least three years. Work is slated to finish in September.

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