Colorado's new troll, "Rita the Rock Planter," pays tribute to the state's mining history

Colorado Jill

(Colorado) Thomas Dambo, an artist and storyteller based in Denmark, creates massive trolls from locally sourced natural and recyclable materials.

His spectacular structures are found around the world, and he is currently on an extended cross-country road trip through America, building ten trolls and thousands of birdhouses throughout the country. His coast-to-coast trip is called "Way of the Bird King."

The artist and his team have already completed three trolls on the 2023 American journey: "Big Rusty" in New Jersey, "Lost Finn" in Vermont, and "Benny the Beard Fisher" in Michigan.

Number four is currently under construction in Colorado.

Each troll serves as a unique tribute to the place they inhabit, honoring the history and culture of the location.

The latest addition to Colorado's troll family is in the Victor/Cripple Creek area, known for its gold rush and historic mining camps. The troll will pay homage to the rich mining history that shaped the lands on the west side of Pikes Peak.

"Rita the Rock Planter" is being built near a 150-year-old gold mine. According to Dambo, the troll will be sitting on its knees and leaning forward to push stones to cover the mining holes made by prospectors. The troll doesn't want anyone to fall in the holes!

The exact whereabouts of the new installation has yet to be released, but it should be completed within the week.
A Thomas Dambo trollPhoto bySean FosteronUnsplash

Dambo's awe-inspiring creations are a beautiful blend of art, history, and nature, and Colorado is lucky to have two!

Follow project updates on the artist's Facebook page.

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