Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wellington Gets Preciousssssss

A giant sculpture of Gollum, a prominent character in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, will greet visitors to Wellington as they arrive for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next month.
Unveiled on Friday morning, the huge Gollum by Weta Workshop is suspended over Wellington Airport's food court. It's 13m long, 3m high, and depicts Gollum submerged in water with his arm stretched-out catching his favourite meal, "juicy sssweet fissshesss". It's made from huge blocks of polystyrene and coated in epoxy resin, weighing in at 1200kg.
The nine separate parts were brought in through the main terminal doors before being clamped together and painted on-site. It took three nights to construct the sculpture and attach it to the terminal's trusses with 10 suspension wires.
The premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be held on November 28, ahead of the nationwide release to screens on December 13. Wellington is spending $1.1 million on activities in the week of the premiere, billing itself as The Middle of Middle-earth.
PS: 31 Oct.2012 - The Hobbit will now be released in NZ earlier!
PS: 24 Nov.2012 - The Hobbit jet is revealed!

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