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In Halloween week, fittingly we head in the general direction of what’s arguably the most visited public art project in Seattle: The Fremont Troll, that lives underneath the George Washington Memorial Bridge – that’s the Aurora Bridge, for a very, very large majority of those in Seattle, who apparently are none the wiser than a Glaswegian smart-alec interloper (see blog entry Under Aurora).


But thanks to the Troll, the space under the bridge is far from the dump it once used to be. Back in 1990, you would find mattresses and beer cans lying around, until the Fremont Arts Council set about rehabilitating the area, with the Troll sculpted by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead.


The Troll soon became a Fremont and Seattle institution – so much so that Aurora Avenue North was officially renamed ”Troll Avenue” in 2005. The artists’ came up with the troll-under-the-bridge theme from the Norwegian folktale, Three Billy Goats Gruff.  And yes, it is indeed clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle that the artists incorporated into their work; making it look just as if it had swiped it from the busy arterial roadway above.


“Trolling” also takes on a different meaning in this Fremont area, as there’s always a busy line of tourists and locals making the – mainly weekend – pilgrimage, as they wait patiently in turn to be photographed alongside the troll. Kids venture up as far as its head – but most (such as today’s photo) like to pose with a hand sticking up its left nostril; perhaps in search of the Bogey Man.


Olympus OM4T & Zuiko 21/2
Kodak Tri-X (@200)
HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 7:30 minutes)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan,