Massive Gollum Sculpture Welcomes Travelers at New Zealand Airport


In promotional preparation for the release of Peter Jackson’s next film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, a giant Gollum sculpture has been installed at New Zealand’s Wellington Airport. The 43-foot long and 9.8-foot tall suspended installation features the creepily emaciated character reaching for his oh so “juicy sweet fishes” over the cafeteria of the airport.

The massive figure was constructed and installed by Weta Workshop, a Miramar-based special effects and prop company, which has worked closely with the film franchise on costumes, sets, and props in the past. The impressively imposing piece was completed in three days and currently hovers over travelers getting their own bite to eat as it welcomes them to New Zealand, the proud home of LOTR. Check out the video, below, to get a glimpse of the intensive labor that went into the assembly and suspension of the 2,645-pound sculpture.









Weta Workshop website
via [Laughing Squid, TheOneRing.net, The Designair]






November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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