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These Massive Troll Sculptures In Dayton Are Totally Worth A Road Trip

Trolls have come to Ohio.

Bo, Bodil, and Bibbi have arrived in Dayton at Aullwood Audubon. The massive sculptures are the work of internationally renowned artist Thomas Dambo.

“The Troll That Hatched an Egg” is one of 9 Dambo-created installations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Thomas Dambo is from Copenhagen, Denmark and has been creating these giant trolls around the world for over 10 years. Dambo focuses on using recycled materials for his art and the trolls at Aullwood are no exception.

“Everything I make I try to make out of things laying around. This way I can build really big things with a very small footprint or impact,” says Dambo.

The story of the trolls, “The Troll That Hatched an Egg,” is posted in the lobby of the nature center and farm discovery center, but you can also read it here. Viewing the trolls is included in admission to the Aullwood Audubon, which costs $12 for adults, $8 for kids 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.

To view all three trolls and the nest, you should plan on walking about 3 miles round trip. When visiting the exhibitions, guests are asked to stay on trails, avoid collecting anything from the property, and avoid touching or climbing on the sculptures.

Aullwood Audubon is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The nature center is located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton, OH 45414. For more info about visiting the trolls, please click here.