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Sketched Nov. 28, 2018

I wish I could just caption this sketch saying here’s the Fremont Troll, the beloved public sculpture under the Aurora Bridge that always brings a smile to my face.

But that would be an incomplete story.

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Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.

These days you can’t go by the quirky Troll without noticing a sad reality: a large homeless encampment located just a few feet away.

Despite the state of things, the Friends of the Fremont Troll Knoll keep caring for the area as best as they can. This Saturday they’ll have a work party and tree-lighting event that I’m sure will go a long way to lifting everyone’s spirits.

The Troll was built in 1990 to bring a greater sense of place to the neighborhood, and it’s one of the most visited attractions in Fremont. I can’t recall a visit when I didn’t see people taking the time to admire it and snap photographs.