Despite the initial vote to keep the Breckenridge troll where it is, it was taken down on Thursday. But, new reports state that it will be given a new home.
Back in October, OCN reported that the ever-popular Isak Heartstone, the 15-foot Breckenridge troll that captured many a heart over the last few months, was here to stay after being voted in by the Breckenridge City Council. However, we’re sad to announce that despite that initial vote, Isak is now gone.
On Thursday, November 15, crews began to dismantle the wooden troll due to the City Council reporting public safety concerns as the reason for its removal.
Created by sculpture artist Thomas Dambo, the piece was constructed for an arts festival that happened over the summer. The Breckenridge troll drew in crowds far and wide to the 1.3-mile trail, but due to the influx of visitors, many nearby homeowners were not happy about its appearance, stating that it caused several issues for the neighborhood, like illegal parking, trespassing violations, and noise complaints, among others.
Thomas Dambo shared on Facebook images of Isak Heartstone being dismantled, saying, “It breaks my heart to see… But hope they will salvage the Heartstone so his soul can live on if we find a new home for him.”
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Dambo posted on his Facebook page on Friday that Isak “has been saved,” and will be rebuilt after the snow melts. Dambo was given two locations: Illinois Creek behind the Ice Arena or along the River Trail near the rec center.
🤗❤🤗 Isak Heartstone has been saved!!!! After massive protests, thousands of mails and messages, the city council finally…
What do you think? Do you think the Breckenridge City Council made the right decision in removing the troll? Why or not? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.