JACKSON, Wyo. — A giant troll has emerged from the banks of R Park’s pond, to engage and delight all who visit. The troll – officially named “Mama Mimi” – was built by the artist Thomas Dambo, produced by Jackson Hole Public Art and hosted at Jackson Hole Land Trust’s community conservation property, R Park.
This project has been years in the making and the organizations look forward to welcoming the community to visit this sculpture safely and with respect for the land. The following tips were created as a “Troll Like a Local” campaign that will be promoted throughout the summer.
- Stroll the troll: Ditch the car. Walk, bike, or even roller-skate along the community pathway. You can also take the START bus. If you must drive, walk over from the Stilson parking lot.
- Space out: Be kind and respect social distancing. If the troll is too busy, take a walk and come back later!
- Tread carefully in troll habitat: The troll shares its R Park home with moose, bald eagles and other wildlife. Leave your dog behind, give plenty of space to wildlife, and stay on trails so native plants can thrive.
- Keep your footprint smaller than the Troll’s: Take only photos and be sure to leave nothing behind.
- Share how you #TrollLikeALocal: Use the #TrollLikeALocal and #RPark hashtags on Instagram. Tag @jhlandtrust and @jhpublicart.
“Mama Mimi” came about when Thomas Dambo, a Danish artist and recycling activist, led a team of workers to build her from recycled and renewable materials that were sourced locally. “Mama Mimi” is the eightieth addition to the larger family of trolls located all over the United States and the world; learn how the trolls are all connected to Dambo’s global fairytale, “The Great Story of the Little People”, at trollmap.com.
The sculpture is interactive, inviting wonder and exploration, and will stay on location for 3-5 years. Thomas Dambo first visited Jackson Hole in 2019, immersing himself in the site, and all partners worked closely together to place his sculpture in response to the land, to avoid disrupting important ecological areas of R Park such as the wetlands and the areas of concentrated wildlife habitat. “Mama Mimi” looks out over the pond, with one leg resting on a small island, inviting and watching over the many people who visit this community park throughout the year.
She is a reminder that more beautiful community spaces like this one can exist – which was formerly a gravel pit – if individuals join together and protect the environment.
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.
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