Gandalf sculpture removed from Embassy

Last updated 07:59 11/02/2013

THE ROAD GOES EVER ON: Work crews remove the sculpture of Gandalf the Grey which sat atop the Embassy Theatre.

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After presiding over Courtenay Place since last November, Gandalf the Grey has been taken down from his perch above the Embassy Theatre.

Work crews took about eight hours to dismantle the massive sculpture of Gandalf standing at the door of Bag End which has sat atop the theatre in honour of Sir Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Made from plywood and polystyrene, the sculpture was created by the film's production team, led by production designer Dan Hennah.

Embassy Theatre duty manager Jess Pottinger said yesterday was the planned date for the sculpture to come down.

"This was the first day that was bookmarked to remove it. There was a second rain date but it has been really good weather so it wasn't needed."

The sculpture, which was installed days before the world premiere of The Hobbit, had been great for the theatre while they were promoting the film, Ms Pottinger said.

"It's really good having it up there for the summer. Hobbit viewings are definitely quieter now than they were in December, but we're still getting plenty of people through."

It was taken down in three pieces with part of the road in front of the theatre closed.

Ms Pottinger was unsure on where Gandalf or the rest of the sculpture were headed to next.

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