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You know you live in Wellington when…

… a giant Gollum appears in your local airport. I really, really mean giant. It kind of gave me a fright as I got off the plane tonight. The bubbles (a little hard to see in my photo, apologies!) are a master stroke.

Gollum has certainly landed (or dived through the wall of the airport), which means that the countdown to An Unexpected Journey has begun…

– CIA

Photo by CIA, Wellington Airport, New Zealand, 29 October 2012. This amazing sculpture was masterminded by fine art sculptor Masayki Ohashi of WETA Workshop, and weighs in at 1.2 tonnes, and is 13 metres long, 3 metres high. Check out an awesome time lapse video of the installation process here.

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  1. That’s fantastic! It makes my nerdy little heart squeal with joy! 🙂

    October 30, 2012
    • Ours too! Everything is so beautifully rendered. They pulled out all the stops, The question we ask though is, are the fish more creepy, or is Gollum?

      November 9, 2012
  2. poppytump #

    Brilliant !
    I remember the greatest of excitement queuing up to watch the last in the LOTR trilogy in Wellington way back when we had an extended holiday of NZ and OZ it was something we won’t forget !
    And Windy phew yes The Windy City it was indeed.
    Nice blog !

    November 3, 2012
    • Windy, it’s true, But you can’t beat Wellington on a good day! We are looking forward to the excitement of the Hobbit premiere; so perhaps you’ll see some pictures soon, that will remind you even more of those heady LOTR days!

      Where else did you travel in NZ?

      November 9, 2012
      • poppytump #

        oooh Rotorua Auckland Christchurch we camped in the MarlboroughVineyards took the tranz alpine train to Greymouth…um..hot water beach …walked along the Tongariro Crossing lay on the beach way up north to see the stars like never before …gorgeous country ..sadly no time to go further south to Franz J or Q ‘town 🙂
        would love to return …

        November 11, 2012

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