As we’ve learned from Flight of the Conchords, one of the only things that New Zealand is known for these days is Lord of the Rings. And they seem to be quite proud of it. As evidence in this new art installation by Weta at the Wellington, New Zealand airport. Opening this week, the massive statue of Gollum reaching out to catch a juicy sweet fish will now greet travelers as they enter the terminal. As you will see from the images below, it’s both awe-inspiring and terribly frightening.
The 13m sculpture was designed and produced by Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop supervisors Rob Gillies and Sarah Morris. It comes to life just in time for the frenzy that will no doubt accompany the release of The Hobbit, the first film in a new trilogy, in December. Check out images of the stunning installation below:
Also, courtesy of the Wellington Airport, here’s a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of the Gollum statue: