Tridge Trolls II – Midland, MI

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Tridge Trolls II was part of a Summer Sculpture series held in the town of Midland, Michigan in the year 2011.

The annual outdoor event featured 18 troll statues that were put on display in the downtown area of Midland beginning in June. The colorful sculptures remained on display until September when they were auctioned off to benefit the next year’s sculpture series.

The following statues were chosen to grace the sidewalks and business fronts of Downtown Midland in 2011.

  • Acrobat Troll and “Mer” Dog by Joan Most
  • Band of Trolls by Tobias Bird and Julie Reith
  • Boris the Bolter by Scott Stoll (made from papier-mache)
  • C.H.A.S.E. the Troll by Hannah Manges
  • Ebakaneezer the Tridge Troll by Charles Robinson
  • Garden Granna by Jackie, Carlee and Maddy Earley (won the People’s Choice award)
  • Geoff Miles Stone by Greater Midland Society for Arts Education (Won Top Choice Award)
  • Greenie the Gardner by Ken and Linda Cisla
  • King Putt by Joan Most
  • Mystic Delight by Kimberly LaCroix
  • No Gray Area by Valerie Padgett
  • Planters Wart by Tonya Huber and Gloria Thompson
  • RVB the Fisherman by Larry Voorheis
  • Spindle the Recycled Bicycle Troll – by Cynde Larsen
  • Time for Repotting by Curt Gledhill
  • Troll Like and Egyptian by Erik Johnson
  • Trollin’ the Pub by Victoria Kowalkowski
  • Woodn’t You Want a Kiss From Me? by Raleigh-Draper and Dana Draper-Rosin

Shortly after the trolls were put on display, one 4-foot, blue-and-gold troll entitled “Troll Like an Egyptian” was stolen, leaving only 17 for the auction. The 4′ by 3′ by 3′ sculpture weighed nearly 100 pounds and had been bolted to a 30-pound concrete base, but the bolts were cut.

Bidding for the troll auction was held at the H Hotel in Midland. The auction raised $7,375. The average troll sculpture sold for about $400. A troll that sold for $775 was called, “Woodn’t You Want a Kiss From Me.”

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The hippy troll sculpture named “Geoff Miles Stone” made by artists from the Greater Midland Society for Arts Education was the judge’s top choice and the winner of $1,000 grand prize.

Artists who entered the contest could choose to create their own sculpture design or work from a pre-formed troll. The pre-cast fiberglass troll statues were provided by Icon Poly, a custom 3D fabricators located in Gibbon, Nebraska.

Tridge Trolls II was a continuation of a Summer Sculpture series that began in 2001, when the town of Midland decided to have a contest whereby artists would decorated statues and place them downtown as a way to showcasing the talents of local artists and to draw people to the Midland business district. The first year of the event, the statues were trolls, (“Tridge Trolls”) but the theme changed each year using other figures to decorate such as frogs, dragons, Adirondack Chairs, etc.

To enter the contest, an artist submitted their idea as to how they would decorate the statue. Artists with winning designs were given blank statue upon which they could work their magic and bring to life the image they submitted to the contest.

There were 24 troll statues in the 2001 Tridge Troll/Troll Stroll event. Here is a list of their names.

  • Below the Bridge
  • Catch Ya Later
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Elvis
  • Golf Troll
  • Lets Troll around Town
  • McChuckles
  • Narly Troll Dude
  • Neandertroll
  • Ode to Monet
  • Parading Patrol
  • Peace Brother
  • Percilla
  • Piece by Piece
  • Prima Trollerina
  • Read Between the Lines
  • Salva Troll Dali
  • Starry Night/Sunny Sky
  • Trollical
  • Stiffy Green
  • S-trolling through the Garden
  • Totally Tatooed Troll
  • Tridge Troll
  • Wild Thing

See alsoTrevor Troll” for another Midland, Michigan attraction.

NOTE: For a similar, paint the statue event check out the Gnome and Garden Exhibit in Kirkland, Ohio.

The name “Tridge Trolls” is derived from “The Tridge,” a three-sided (three-span) bridge for pedestrians and cyclists located in the City of Midland, Michigan. Constructed in 1981, the Tri-bridge in Midlandis located on the confluence the Chippewa River and Tittabawassee River and has since become a popular landmark and gathering place.

Downtown Midland, Michigan (Website)
Tridge Trolls II- 2011 (Article)
Tridge Trolls II – 2011 (Article)
Tridge Trolls – 2001 (Article)
Flickr – Tridge Trolls – 2011 (Photos)
Tridge Trolls – 2002 (Photos)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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