Wellington Airport and the Weta Workshop have a precious surprise for travelers to the airport.
Suspended from the ceiling of the main terminal building, visitors will be welcomed by Gollum, hanging above their heads, reaching for a tasty fish. The sculpture, created by the team at the Weta Workshop, and overseen by Creative Director, Richard Taylor, is the size of a small jet aircraft – over 42 feet long and almost 10 feet high!
This short timelapse video shows the huge amount of work involved in getting Gollum and his tasty treats into the air:
The flying Gollum was installed prior to the November 28, 2012 premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington. While the date the sculpture will be removed is unknown, we expect Wellington, now known as The Middle of Middle-earth to celebrate and promote the movie’s premiere and release, director Peter Jackson’s residency in Wellington and Weta Workshop’s involvement, will maintain the flying Gollum to entertain and welcome visitors, through 2014.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released on December 14, 2012. The second film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, will be released on December 13, 2013, and the final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again is slated for July 18, 2014.