AUSTIN (KXAN) — Pease Park could add a statement piece to the landscape just on the edge of downtown Austin.
Leaders with Pease Park Conservancy want to explore the feasibility of a public artwork donation from the Conservancy to the City of Austin.
The Conservancy Interim CEO Chuck Smith said the plan is for the troll to be about 18 feet tall and 15 feet wide.
Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, is known for using recycled materials to construct troll sculptures across the world. Dambo visited Austin last month and explained his vision.
“It just seemed to be in alignment in terms of the ability to use art as a way to educate about sustainability and environmentalism,” Smith said.
The park, along Lamar Boulevard from 15th Street to 24th Street, strives to be a place opening up the wonders of the natural world to guests.
The Conservancy’s contract with Dambo is for the troll’s cost not to exceed $350,000.
The artwork would be fully funded and maintained by Pease Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with city, according to the Pease Park website.
“While they command a lot of attention, (Dambo) likes to kind of hide them or tuck them away to where like, once you discover them, there’s this ‘aha’ moment of discovery,” Smith said.
Dambo would grant a 15-year exclusive license to the proposed artwork, which is subject to Conservancy maintaining the sculpture through that period, according to the nonprofit.
So far the Conservancy has filed an application for an artwork, loan and donation through Austin’s Art in Public Places process project.
If the project moves forward according to plan, construction could begin as early as January.
Austin residents can give feedback on the project by filling out a survey here.