Seattle’s known for many things – Starbucks, the Seahawks, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and for those in the know, it’s also home to a few trolls! The iconic Fremont Troll sits under the Aurora Bridge, while the blue-haired, hockey-stick-wielding mascot, Buoy, graces the ice at Climate Pledge Arena every Kraken game. Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo, added to the Pacific Northwest troll population this summer by introducing us all to Pia the Peacekeeper on Bainbridge Island, Bruun Idun in West Seattle, Jakob Two Trees in Issaquah, Frankie Feetsplinters in Ballard, Oscar the Bird King on Vashon Island, and Ole Bolle in Portland.
“Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King” is an imaginative and ambitious public art project presented by Scan Design Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “advance Danish-American relations through the exchange of people, ideas and cultural experiences.” Located in various locations across the Pacific Northwest, the six sculptures each tells their own environmental story. “The project celebrates the human experience of art by amplifying the connections of cultural heritage between Coast Salish tribal communities and Scandinavian traditions.” This exhibition is the culmination of Thomas Dambo’s U.S. tour where he has added 10 troll sculptures to a collection of more than 100 across the globe.
As engineers who strive to choose projects that require imagination and ingenuity, we were thrilled to help bring the exhibition to life.