Town of Breckenridge employees beheads “Isak Heartstone,” a wooden troll built by artist Thomas Dambo, by a chainsaw to remove it entirely from the Wellington Trail on Thursday morning. (Hugh Carey, Summit Daily News via AP)
BRECKENRIDGE — The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents.
The Summit Daily News reports that town employees started removing the 15-foot wood troll in the ski resort town Thursday.
The Town Council cited public safety concerns in its Tuesday decision to get rid of the artwork that Danish artist Thomas Dambo was built for a summer arts festival that ended in August.
The original plan was to leave the troll in place as long it could withstand the elements and wasn’t vandalized.
However, throngs of troll-seekers have caused numerous problems for some of nearby homeowners, who have complained about illegal parking, littering and a loss of privacy, among other issues.
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