Located underneath the Aurora Bridge in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is a massive interactive sculpture of a troll clutching an actual Volkswagen Beetle. The 13,000 pound troll is made up of steel rebar, wire, and concrete which took local artists seven weeks to complete.
Visitors are encourage to climb on and interact with the troll. An especially popular activity is trying to poke out its one good eye which is made from a hubcap. Various events take place each year in connection with this sculpture including Troll-a-ween and Shakespeare at the Troll. The Shakespeare at the Troll performances take place throughout the summer and are unorthodox theatrical performances which should not be missed if given the opportunity. Locals also take care to decorate the Fremont Troll for the holidays by adorning him with festive hats much to the delight of everyone.
The Fremont troll provides entertainment to tourists and locals alike as well as helps to add to the mysteriousness of Fremont. Older residents will tell visitors that ever since the Aurora Bridge went up in 1932 there have been numerous troll sightings in the area. The sightings seem to go up in number around Halloween and the summer solstice and have also increased in number since the creation of the troll sculpture in 1989.
If Billy Goat's Gruff was one of your favorite folk tales as a kid be sure to take a look at the Fremont Troll during your time in Seattle. For the best experience go over the summer to witness theatrical performances or near Halloween if you really want a true troll experience.