12m Gollum unveiled at Wellington Airport
Fri, 26 Oct 2012 7:50a.m.
A massive installation of Tolkien's creepy character Gollum has been unveiled at Wellington Airport ahead of The Hobbit premiere.
The 12-metre installation, created by Weta Workshop, features Gollum's upper torso and face, with his right arm outstretched and reaching for one of a number of large fish also created by the studio.
The installation is suspended from the ceiling in the airport's food court.
The pale, scrawny and half-nude Gollum, who featured in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with The Hobbit, is a CGI character performed by actor Andy Serkis.
Weta's Sir Richard Taylor officially unveiled the installation at 9 this morning. A photo posted online showed crew putting the finishing touches on the installation about 4am.
“It took a lot of long nights to pull this off and our project manager hasn't slept for days,” says Mr Taylor. “The film is living beyond our work in the film.”
The first movie of The Hobbit trilogy, directed by Sir Peter Jackson, will go on global release December 14.
Wellington is spending $1.1 million on activities in the week of the premiere, temporarily calling itself "The Middle of Middle-earth".
NZN / 3 News
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