Fashioned entirely out of recycled materials, Jakob and the other trolls are large-scale public art installations that tell a tale of protecting nature and honoring the land and waterways.
Jakob stands around 14-ft. tall, looking down at passersby who walk near him on the trail.
He is the first troll to have a ponytail, with a band made by the Snoqualmie Tribe holding his hair in place. He wears a necklace of birdhouses over his fur, inviting forest creatures to come spend an afternoon with him.
Jakob Two Trees is one of six in the region, the other trolls are on Bainbridge Island; Ballard, Seattle; Portland, Vashon Island and West Seattle.
Thomas Dambo and NWTrolls: Way of the Bird King
The Nordic Trolls spring from the imagination of Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo. He channels his Nordic heritage and the mythical folklore of his youth, to create large-scale whimsical Trolls, with a modern twist.
The NW Troll project, themed “Way of the Bird King,” includes six sites in the Pacific Northwest where Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo, is installing large-scale whimsical trolls.
Each whimsical troll sculpture is part of an underlying environmental story. The project reinforces the shared values of environmental stewardship for watershed protection, restoration, and preservation of riparian habitats. It also celebrates the human experience of art by amplifying the connections of cultural heritage between Coast Salish tribal communities and Scandinavian traditions.
By virtue of the recycled materials, the Trolls are intended to be temporary installations for the public to enjoy for several years. Issaquah Parks will maintain Jakob, in consultation with Thomas Dambo and his team as needed.