Six giant troll have appeared in the woods at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago. Located in west suburban Lisle, these wooden trolls are part of a whimsical new exhibition.

Measuring between 15 to 30 feet, these adorable trolls are constructed from hundreds of pieces of reclaimed wood. Pieces were collected from fallen trees and branches, and the remains of pallets and packing crates. They were built by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo and are meant to be interactive.

Furry Ema holds a net to trap people. Image: The Morton Arboretum in Chicago
Furry Ema holds a net to trap people. (Image via The Morton Arboretum)

Visitors are encouraged to collect clues at the Troll Hunt exhibition, to find the trolls’ hideout and their nighttime lair. This is meant to encourage them to visit the outdoor tree museum and tree research centre, to help encourage personal responsibility about our environment.

Troll Hunt Exhibition at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago 

The Troll Hunt will take visitors on a journey with the guardians of the Arboretum’s woods. Much like humans, the trolls are trying to make sense of the world; they’re also trying to protect their home from human impact.

Rocky Bardur holds a rock above him and has smashed a car. Image: The Morton Arboretum
Rocky Bardur holds a rock above him and has smashed a car. (Image via: The Morton Arboretum)

A troll named Sneaky Socks Alexa kneels near a “trap,” while Furry Ema holds a net, and Rocky Bardur smashes a car with rocks. The other three trolls, Joe the Guardian, Niels Bragger, and Little Artur, are also set in various poses.

According to Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago, “Walking through the woods and coming upon an immense troll among the trees is a one-of-a-kind experience. Our visitors have been enamoured by this unique exhibition, which conveys the message that our natural spaces are precious and in need of our collective care and protection.”

The trolls are a part of an international series, and follow a similar exhibit in Copenhagen. The exhibition is expected to stay at the Morton Arboretum in Chicago through the end of 2018. To find out more, visit their official website.


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