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'Lord of the Rings' comes to life with a Gollum statue at Wellington International Airport

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(Read caption) Gollum is played in the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' films by Andy Serkis (l.) using motion-capture technology.

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If you pass through Wellington Airport, you may come face-to-face with a new visitor: a giant statue of Gollum, the memorable creature from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The statue, which is more than 42 feet long and weighs more than 1.2 tons, was added to the airport to celebrate the upcoming “Hobbit” film, which hits theaters Dec. 14 and was directed by “Lord of the Rings” helmer Peter Jackson. The statue is accompanied by large fish, creatures which Gollum loves to catch and eat in the “Lord of the Rings” films. The fish each measure more than 13 feet and are accompanied by large bubbles. In order to fit through the doors of the airport, the Gollum model had to be broken down into nine separate parts.

The statue was built by Masayuki Ohashi, a Japanese artist, and designed by Weta Workshop, the special effects company which was behind the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and has worked on the “Hobbit” films as well. The statue was built using polystyrene and epoxy resin and constructed with the aid of chainsaws and robotics.

“It was a very exciting project to work on,” Ohashi said in a statement.

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