Keep an eye out for a giant troll at R Park this spring

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson Hole Public Art announced today that an immersive troll sculpture will find its home at Rendevous Park (R Park) this spring.

Artist Thomas Dambo will travel to Jackson Hole this spring to construct a Giant Troll, set within Rendezvous Park and built entirely from recycled wood and locally-sourced materials. JH Public Art says that the Giant Troll (name to-be-determined) will be about adventure and joy, inviting locals and visitors to investigate our mountainous, wild spaces, and their own imaginations as they explore the massive sculpture on the banks of the R Park’s pond.

Thomas Dambo is a highly-acclaimed environmental artist, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. He and his team are known for their giant sculptures, usually in a whimsical troll form placed out in nature, sourced with materials from the local recycling depot and inextricably linked to the local community. JH Public Art, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Land Trust, looks to bring him here in May 2021 to build a Giant Troll for all of the Jackson Hole community.

The sculpture will be interactive, inviting wonder and exploration, and will stay on location for 3-5 years. Each of Dambo’s trolls are also tied to accompanying folklore, “The Great Story of the Little People”, building upon their inherent mystery and wonder. The modern tale connects over 55 trolls scattered throughout the world. The goal is to create a piece of art that inspires people to go explore, have outdoor adventures, and consider their environmental impacts.

“R Park was reclaimed to fuse exploration, nature, and conservation. Thomas Dambo combining re-used material and creating something wonderful is mirrored in R Park’s gravel pit history. We’re excited to host a sculpture that takes that wonder to the next level and contributes to the goal of conservation for all in which R Park was founded.” Jr Rodriguez, Community Conservation Manager/R Park Director said.

JH Public Art is working closely with the Jackson Hole Land Trust to avoid disrupting important ecological areas of R Park such as the wetlands and the areas of concentrated wildlife habitat. Both organizations will also work to actively address visitation concerns for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our community and our world. A fundraising campaign began on December 1, which will run through the end of the year.

About The Author

Buckrail @ Jacob

Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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