Arts

02/12/2013

The giant eagles of Middle-Earth have landed – in Wellington

hobbit eagles

(From Wellington Scoop) Two Great Eagles are now flying in Wellington Airport’s main terminal building, giving Gandalf a glimpse of the runway. Gandalf is atop one of them, bringing news to the Middle of Middle-Earth.

Weighing in at one tonne each with a wingspan of 15 metres, the two eagles have been developed by Weta Workshop and Wellington Airport to accompany Gollum in welcoming visitors to the Wellington region and New Zealand.

The creation has been designed and facilitated by Weta Workshop’s creative lead Richard Taylor and Workshop Supervisor Rob Gillies to create another unforgettable experience into Wellington Airport.

Richard Taylor, who was overseeing the project and who launched it, said, “We were thrilled to return and create another installation for Wellington Airport. What could be more suitable for an airport in Middle-earth than Gandalf the Grey atop a Great Eagle swooping into the terminal, such an evocative image from The Hobbit and a fantastic and challenging project for our artists to design and build.”

“We are delighted to work with Weta to produce another magnificent sculpture welcoming visitors into Wellington. We’re proud to show our support for the movies – they have done a lot for New Zealand tourism. With Gollum being viewed around the globe and tourists still talking photos of him, we expect Gandalf and the Eagles will make quite a stir,” said Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s Chief Executive.

Art directed by Richard Taylor and Rob Gillies, the sculptures were 3D modelled into the airport display space by Jamin Vollebregt. It was then realised by a team of Weta Workshop 3D modellers, sculptors, model makers, painters, engineers and other specialists using a variety of large-sculpture technologies developed in-house at Weta Workshop.

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