Illinois arboretum gets giant troll statues

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Thomas Dambo’s ‘Sneaky Socks Alexa,’ located off tram road. Image courtesy of the Morton Arboretum

LISLE, Ill. (AP) – A Danish artist has built six giant troll statues scattered throughout an outdoor museum in a Chicago suburb.

The Daily Herald reports that Thomas Dambo’s “Troll Hunt” at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle was inspired by Scandinavian folklore and his love of the wilderness. Dambo arrived for an artist residency in April after crafting other art projects in Korea and Mexico.

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Artist Thomas Dambo and crew constructing a troll. Image courtesy of Morton Arboretum

More than 60 volunteers helped construct the up to 20-foot-tall (6-meter) statues on-site out of reclaimed and recycled wood. The troll’s faces, hands and feet were created in Dambo’s Copenhagen studio.

Dambo says he hopes people who search for the trolls throughout the arboretum come away with a greater appreciation for nature.

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Thomas Dambo’s ‘Little Arturs’ in Bob-O-Link Meadow. Image courtesy of Morton Arboretum

The exhibit opens Friday and will likely run for at least a year. Click to visit the Morton Arboretum website.


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