The TrollFebruary 14th, 2009 | 33 Comments
Kim and her volunteers built a huge 12-foot tall troll with completely non-toxic materials.
As Kim says, the most important aspect of this sculpture is that it si truly interactive. The best way that people can interact with public art is by having their picture taken somewhere around, or in front of them. It is really confusing how little of public art is not made for this basic purpose. There is a lot of really nice art work as a public art, but they looks great just standing by itself. Because of that, Kim decided to make this really nice Troll which can receive art lovers, and only after that this sculpture is done, and it looks better with public involved.
Why a troll?
She is of Norwegian descent and when the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies came out, she recognized the Ents as being similar to tree trolls from Scandinavian Mythology. The Troll has special meaning to her. She grew up in a small logging community in Montana and most of her free time she spent in deep forests of the Northwest. Second reason is her understanding of trolls, like old, wise, kind and thoughtful creatures.
Why Paper Mache?
Most sculptors never get the chance to work large. It can be really expensive. A lot the materials are toxic, require safety equipment, a lot of ventilation or at the very least an outdoor site. That is the joy of working in Paper Mache. This troll was built in a space barely larger than the sculpture itself. It was done indoors with no additional ventilation and with a lot of recycled paper products. Best of all, this project was intended to prove just how beautiful and sophisticated a surface can be made.
Development of Troll