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Why Are There Giant Wooden Trolls In Chicago?

Travelers Today       By    MJ De Castro

Updated: Jul 24, 2018 04:12 PM EDT

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Troll Hunt
Those who have a thirst for adventures would absolutely love the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. The wooden creatures were created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo to carry an important environmental message.
(Photo: Morton Arboretum)

Those who want to journey through the garden of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, will find something that is out of the ordinary.

The six giant wooden trolls, which measure 15 to 60 feet, were created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo to serve as protectors of the environment.

The structures are not only meant to be a playground for spectators but also as thought-provoking pieces of art. The trolls of the Troll Hunt serve as guardians of the surrounding lush forest. Additionally, it contains interactive elements that make the exhibition ready for curious people to immerse in.

Guests are encouraged to interact with the wooden trolls and collect clues that lead to its hideout — the nighttime lair.

The place urges its visitors to pick up a copy of Troll Hunter's Handbook when they arrive. Aside from containing clues, the said book also comes with a troll-sized toothbrush and other troll essentials.

The Wooden Trolls

One famous example of the troll is Sneaky Socks Alexa, which kneels near a wooden crate trap that is propped open with a log as if it is waiting to catch humans.

All the structures can be seen between two feet and three-quarters of a mile from the closest parking lot on various path surfaces including mown grass, wood-chipped, and pavement.

Little Artur, obviously not staying true to its name by measuring 60 feet long, is seen reclining on his back, looking ready to devour humans. On the other hand, Furry Ema is seen sitting next to a tree while holding a net that visitors can climb onto.

Other trolls include Niels Bragger, seen peeking out between the woods, and Joe the Guardian, which looks over the interstate while holding a hand to his brow.

Amazing Experience

Vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum Sue Wagner said that walking through the forest and seeing a big troll gives people a unique experience.

She added that the spectators are captivated by the one of a kind exhibition, which gives the message that natural spaces are important and in need of everyone's protection and care.

The wooden creatures are part of an international series that began with the Six Forgotten Giants — huge structures that are hidden through Dambo's home city of Copenhagen. The distinct structures are expected to stay in the Arboretum for as long as possible.

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