Illinois town adds trolls for tourists

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LISLE, Ill. — A Danish artist has built six giant troll statues scattered throughout an outdoor museum in a Chicago suburb.

Thomas Dambo’s “Troll Hunt” at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle was inspired by Scandinavian folklore and his love of the wilderness. Dambo arrived for an artist residency in April after crafting other art projects in Korea and Mexico.

More than 60 volunteers helped construct the up to 20-foot-tall statues on-site out of reclaimed and recycled wood, mostly from trees at the aboretum. The troll’s faces, hands and feet were created in Dambo’s Copenhagen studio.

Dambo says he hopes people who search for the trolls throughout the arboretum come away with a greater appreciation for nature.

The exhibit opens Friday and will likely run for at least a year. Officials said they’ll take down the trolls once the wood starts to break down and the sculptures are no longer safe.

The Troll Hunt officially opens June 22 at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53 in Lisle. Visit the website at mortonarb.org.

https://instagram.com/p/BkP0HTqHTe2/?utm_source=ig_embed

View this post on Instagram

Danish artist Thomas Dambo and his team have built six gigantic trolls from reclaimed wood throughout the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The enormous trolls make terrific locations for wedding party portraits! Despite temperatures topping 100° this past weekend, I had tons of fun frolicking in the forest with Mary Kate, Dennis, their Wedding Party and these larger-than-life mythical creatures. “Troll Hunt” is Denmark artist Thomas Dambo’s first large-scale exhibit in the United States and will be on display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois until Summer 2019 . . . . . #trollhunt #mortonarboretum #thomasdambo #lisle #whimsical #mythical #creatures #upcycling #installationart #wedding #weddingphotography #bride #groom #weddingparty #bridalparty #weddingphoto #photooftheday @mortonarb @thomasdambo

A post shared by Jason Kaczorowski Photography (@jkaczorowski) on

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News