Check This Out: Weta Installs Gigantic Gollum at Wellington Airport

October 25, 2012

Gigantic Gollum at Wellington Airport

"Our only wish, to catch a fish, so juicy sweet!" As a huge Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkien/The Hobbit fan, I have to say, this is just plain awesome. I can't wait to visit New Zealand one day and see this in person! An art installation featuring a gigantic Gollum sticking his head underwater grabbing for fish was installed by Weta at the Wellington, New Zealand airport this week. We don't need to tell you that it's all tied in with a promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, with the first movie from the trilogy landing in theaters this December in just a few months. snapped a few photos of the huge Gollum art piece (and it's team of Weta designers) after it was installed, and there's video of the entire process, too. "So juicy sweet."

The first photo via Screenslam shows the entire Gollum installation, with wooden bones(?) sticking up too.

Gollum at Wellington Airport

It even has bubbles coming from Gollum's mouth. "Everyone will be amazed when they enter the terminal."

Gollum at Wellington Airport

Gollum at Wellington Airport

Here are all the creators posing for a photo. You can see Weta's Richard Taylor standing to the far right.

Gollum at Wellington Airport

Finally, here's a behind-the-scenes video of the piece being installed at the airport (found via Screenslam).

Such a cool installation and a perfect welcome for anyone flying into Wellington. More at

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit… J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson as three separate movies, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest cameras. The Hobbit follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theaters in 3D & 48FPS on December 14th.

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Seeing stuff like this makes me so mad to be sitting in a cubicle all day.

Matt Peloquin on Oct 25, 2012


I might have to take a short drive. I live 15 minutes from the airport.

cinemabandit on Oct 25, 2012



Carpola on Oct 25, 2012


You talented buggers! I guess I should visit too.

Adam James Weir on Oct 25, 2012


More Hobbit news....

Middleagedwhiteguy on Oct 25, 2012


Wouldn't a child get scared by the monster?? Seriously~

JT on Oct 25, 2012



Matthew Billings on Oct 26, 2012


so sick

Tim on Oct 26, 2012



castingcouch on Oct 27, 2012

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