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October 2, 2011
A Troll Bridge

in Ann Arbor

Not only are there urban-fairies building fairy doors in Ann Arbor, but there is a genuine bridge troll as well!
South State Street looking North at the Stadium Boulevard Troll bridge.
One sign reads: TROLL BRIDGE

The Triangular sign reads:
PAY
TROLL
A HEAD

OR AN ARM & A LEG

Although there was a sign which read "Clearance 13'-6" "
(which is clearly a typo) I am sure it should be "Clarence 15'-6" "
(standing height, squatting he is "only" 8 feet tall)
Clarence in his habitat.
Closer to Clarence. You can see his tattoo of the lower peninsula of Michigan on his shoulder.
For those who don't know, yoopers (folk from the upper peninsula of Michigan) often refer to those who live "below" the bridge (Mackinac bridge) as "trolls" (that would be lower peninsular dwellers).
There seems to be some debate as to whether this squirrel is a friend or a snack.

(most folk are leaning towards "snack")
LOOK! Clarence caught a couple kids! Though I happen to know that they are definitely *not* orfans, they are really great kids. And heaven help the troll who tried to cause them any harm... Their mother is...um...formidable.
October 4, 2011
8:00a.m.
Clarence has been
trollnapped.
(as expected)
MISSING LINK
Concerned citizens
The signs worked!
Or Clarence escaped! Or Clarence was let loose after he trashed an apartment, dorm room or fraternity. We may never know but he was back unde rhis bridge looking a bit bent out of shape and with a broken ankle.
His sign is back too!
Clarence was understandably bent out of shape! It took a great deal of effort to hold him back from just jumping into traffic!
Eventually Clarence settled back in. He is of course apprehensive about the angle of the sun there. Unlike some vampires, which *sparkle* in sunlight (OoOOoo),
a troll truns to stone!
There are other dangers for bridge trolls....
ROBO-TROLLS!

(note the cones, Clarence's bridge is soon to be torn down)

Gone again!

was he abducted or too frightened?
On a tip, I was able to find Clarence laying low on the North side of the bridge.
Later I saw him lurking in the shadows.
November 17, 2011
The City painted over all the graffiti on the bridge so that the rubble would be undefaced when the brodge was torn down.

?

(actually, it painted over for the photo op whne they had the ground/bridge breaking ceremony. a wekk later there was new graffiti on the "clean-slate")

December 15, 2011
The bridge was gone as was Clarence.

(or is he?)
For fun I made a Clarence postcard.
(and poster)

I might sell them, but I think most people would not remember Clarence
...or his bridge.
Click on pic to zoom
The construction (DEconstruction) of the old bridge uncovered a surprise.
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