Giant Gollum Sculpture Dives Into Wellington Airport

Gollum is already a pretty creepy dude and seeing him as a larger-than-life 40 foot sculpture would just add to his freakish appearance, but that’s exactly what Weta Workshop has created. Installed over three nights and unveiled yesterday in New Zealand’s Wellington Airport, the sculpture depicts Gollum diving in a pond for fish just as he did in a scene from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

According to Weta Workshop’s Sir Richard Taylor, Gollum was the obvious choice for the sculpture as the airport had previously featured the character for “The Lord of the Rings” movie. But the sculpture didn’t come to life overnight like the installation did. In fact, it took Weta artists and builders 4 months to create the enormous installation, which is made out of polystyrene that was carved using chainsaws and Weta Workshop-designed robotics.

Interestingly, one of the most important pieces of the build was actually a miniature of the finished product. Because the sculpture is so large, it actually had to be made as a 9 separate components created by 18 sculptors and other artists. A miniature of the Gollum sculpture was created so the Weta team could make sure everything would fit through the doors at the airport.

If you want to see more photos of the build head over to the Weta Workshop website!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits theaters December 14, 2012