Nov 21, 2023 - Culture

Meet the giant trolls of the Pacific Northwest

A towering wooden troll sits on a throne surrounded by trees as a woman reaches out to touch its hand.

Axios editor Rachel La Corte meets Oscar the Bird King. Photo: Courtesy of Andy Anderson

I decided to take advantage of the sunny skies on Sunday to catch the ferry from Tacoma to Vashon and track down one of the giant troll installations Axios' Melissa Santos wrote about previously.

Details: Oscar the Bird King — among Danish artist Thomas Dambo's six Northwest troll sculptures — sits in a small grove a short, easy stroll from the upper parking lot at Point Robinson Park.

  • Recycled wood and other materials were used in its construction, the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber reported after the September unveiling.
  • The details of the towering sculpture are impressive, including the crown of birdhouses and the beard of branches.
  • Bainbridge Island, Ballard, Issaquah, Portland and West Seattle are home to the other five trolls.

Thought bubble: This is a fun day trip that is both child- and dog-friendly (and it's always an added bonus to ride a ferry on a beautiful day).

  • My friends and I are already plotting our next stop on the troll trail.
A giant wooden troll sits in the middle of a grove surrounded by trees and points ahead
Oscar the Bird King is tucked among the trees at Point Robinson Park. Photo: Rachel La Corte/Axios
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