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Town of Breckenridge removing divisive giant wooden troll

Author: Associated Press - November 15, 2018 - Updated: November 15, 2018

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The Town of Breckenridge employees beheads “Isak Hearthstone,” a wooden troll built by artist Thomas Dambo, by a chainsaw Nov. 15 to remove it entirely from the Wellington Trail in Breckenridge. The troll was created during the Breckenridge Festival of the Arts in August, but got so popular that it caused complaints from nearby homeowners due to tourists visiting, and demanded it to be removed. (Hugh Carey/Summit Daily News via AP)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — 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 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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