A giant sculpture of Gollum will greet visitors to Wellington as they arrive for the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next month.
Sir Richard Taylor this morning revealed the Weta Workshop creation, which is suspended over Wellington Airport's food court.
The 13-metre long, 3-metre high sculpture depicts Gollum, a prominent character in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, submerged in water with his arm stretched-out catching his favourite meal, "juicy sweet fishes".
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It was sculpted from huge blocks of polystyrene and coated in epoxy resin, weighing in at 1200 kilograms.
Sir Richard said the installation was designed to create an exciting gateway into Wellington.
"We are thrilled once again to be creating something with Wellington Airport that will bring delight to the many visitors coming to our fabulous city."
The sculpture was constructed in nine separate parts so it could fit through the doors of the airport. It was installed over the last three nights.
The premiere will be held on November 28 ahead of the nationwide release to screens on December 13.