New Bay Bridge Troll Alleviates Citizens’ Fears, Will Guard Span Against Future Disasters


The Bay Area Toll Authority of San Francisco offered a peak at the new Bay Bridge Troll with photos released on Labor Day after the new span was opened and the old troll was removed, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Images of the new incarnation of the bridge guardian show a freestanding steel sculpture with a longer form and more detailed features than the original troll, which was created by Bill Roan in 1989 and surreptitiously installed on the earthquake-damaged span to protect it from further damage.

Spokesman John Goodwin assured the public, which had recently become concerned for the fate of the troll amid the Bay Bridge’s reconstruction, that the original piece is safe and will be given a permanent home that will be accessible to the public. In the tradition of the Roan troll’s unexpected appearance, Goodwin explained the new sculpture’s origins: “A new troll appeared, as these things happen, on Labor Day, under the cover of darkness.”

A location for the new troll is being determined by a committee that has his mysterious nature in mind, looking for a spot on the bridge that will protect him from sunlight, which trolls hate, and to keep him partially obscured and accessible only to those who seek him out. While the identities of the committee members are unknown, Goodwin says that the new troll “was placed in the custody of trusted guardians who can be counted on to make decisions that are in his best interest.”


— Meredith Caraher

(Top photo by Noah Berger; bottom photo by Ellen Griffin. Photos via Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Toll Authority/Facebook.)