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Breckenridge town council will leave giant troll where it is for now

The Breckenridge Town Council voted 5-2 for keeping Isak Heartstone where he is Tuesday evening - that's the name of the 15-foot wooden troll that sits along the Wellington Trail in the popular resort town. He'll likely find a new home in the spring.
Our friend, the large troll, who may will move in spring because of the ruckus he's caused. (Photo: Kristen Aguirre)

KUSA — He's popular with visitors, but not so much with his neighbors.

And after the Breckenridge Town Council voted Tuesday night 5-2 to keep Isak Heartstone along Wellington Trail on Tuesday, he'll remain there until the spring. You know Isak, don't you? The 15-foot wooden troll that sits along the trail near town.

Isak will be relocated in the spring.

The troll was brought up at the council meeting after a handful of homeowners complained that visitors were clogging up the trail and nearby streets to get a look at the art installation.

One visitor, an artist herself, came from Kansas this week to see Breckenridge and the troll. Judith White isn't one to pick sides.

"I can empathize with both sides," she told 9NEWS. "Honestly, before we got here, I was totally, 'save the troll.' Why would you want to get rid of this troll? It's super cool... but I don't have to live here and I don't have to put up with it."

A sign in the neighborhood near the troll. (Photo: Kristen Aguirre)

Earlier this month, 9NEWS spoke to Haley Littleton, a spokesperson for Breckenridge, who said they have heard complaints from homeowners and were trying to mitigate the problems.

"Right now we're working with all parties that are involved to create some management solutions for some of those pinch-points, like parking, trash, noise," Haley Littleton said.

Isak Heartstone was created by Dutch artist Thomas Dambo and commissioned by Breckenridge Creative Arts for $40,000, according to the Summit Daily. The large piece of artwork debuted publicly in August as part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Made from recycled and reclaimed wood, the sculpture was built with the help of local volunteers who sourced scrap lumber and downed trees along the trail for his construction.

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