Fremont keeps the FUN in funky. This quirky Seattle neighborhood invites you to “let your inner sprite come out to play.” Nowhere is the commitment to fun more evident than in Fremont’s authentic public art (art actually selected by the people), like the Fremont Troll.
“When people feel connected to their community, the community thrives,” according to the Fremont Arts Council, who in 1989 organized a national competition for ideas on what to do with the space under the Aurora Bridge. Five finalists were commissioned to create models of their proposals that would then be voted on by the community. The public overwhelmingly favored the Troll under the bridge.
Art critics originally denounced the Troll as an example of how ill-equipped the public is to make such decisions. But the Troll has trounced his critics. He is “the most loved and most vandalized place in Seattle,” according to lead design/builder Steve Badanes (Piedmont-Palladino, 1997. Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture).