Jakob Two Trees, Issaquah's Troll

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Meet Jakob Two Trees

Fashioned entirely out of recycled materials, Jakob and the other trolls are large-scale public art installations that tell a tale of protecting nature and honoring the land and waterways.

Jakob stands around 14-ft. tall, looking down at passersby who walk near him on the trail. 

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He is the first troll to have a ponytail, with a band made by the Snoqualmie Tribe holding his hair in place. He wears a necklace of birdhouses over his fur, inviting forest creatures to come spend an afternoon with him.

Jakob Two Trees is one of six in the region, the other trolls are on Bainbridge Island; Ballard, Seattle; Portland, Vashon Island and West Seattle.

Thomas Dambo and NWTrolls: Way of the Bird King

The Nordic Trolls spring from the imagination of Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo. He channels his Nordic heritage and the mythical folklore of his youth, to create large-scale whimsical Trolls, with a modern twist.

The NW Troll project, themed “Way of the Bird King,” includes six sites in the Pacific Northwest where Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo, is installing large-scale whimsical trolls.


Each whimsical troll sculpture is part of an underlying environmental story. The project reinforces the shared values of environmental stewardship for watershed protection, restoration, and preservation of riparian habitats. It also celebrates the human experience of art by amplifying the connections of cultural heritage between Coast Salish tribal communities and Scandinavian traditions.

Visiting Jakob Two Trees

Jakob Two Trees hangs out approximately a quarter mile from the Issaquah Community Center, down the Rainier Trail.

If you start at the Issaquah Community Center (301 Rainier Blvd S, Issaquah, WA 98027) and walk south on the paved Rainier Trail past the Dog Park, you will find Jakob several minutes down the trail.