Breckenridge’s troll is a temporary art installation that invites people to venture into the wilderness in search of something special, but its lifespan could get cut short, as it appears the troll might soon fall victim to his own popularity.
The buzz on social media has been intense since the roughly 15-foot troll, constructed of reclaimed wood, came to life about a mile up the Wellington Trail in Breckenridge for a summer arts festival.
The troll’s name is “Isak Heartstone,” given to him by his creator, Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who’s built the sculpture for a $40,000 commission from Breckenridge Creative Arts for the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, which ran Aug. 10-19. The idea has been to leave the troll up as long as he can withstand the weather and isn’t vandalized.
Since its creation, the Breckenridge troll has been featured in news coverage by most of Colorado’s major TV news channels, radio stations and travel publications, along with ewspapers. With all that attention though, the troll has been taking a serious toll on some of the nearby homeowners in the Wellington neighborhood who are fed up with what they describe as “literally hundreds” of troll hunters coming into their neighborhood on a daily basis. This traffic has led to safety concerns, illegal parking and littering, a loss of privacy and a host of other issues, they say.
Read more about the troll controversy on Summit Daily.