Hobbit sculpture to top Embassy this weekend

Last updated 13:33 09/11/2012
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Wellingtonians will this weekend get their first chance to see the mystery installation that will perch on top of the Embassy Theatre for The Hobbit premiere.

It was officially notified today that, weather permitting, Majoribanks St in Mt Victoria would be closed between 6am and 9pm this Sunday and next to ‘‘enable a crane to lift material onto the balcony of the Embassy Theatre’’.

If halted by bad weather the operation would be moved to 11pm till 6am on November 19 and 22.

Wellington City Council this morning confirmed the operation was to hoist in a sculpture of a  large character from The Hobbit to sit on top of the Embassy, similar to the Gollum character for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Sir Peter Jackson's spokesman Matt Dravitzki remained tight-lipped about what the sculpture, created by Jackson’s 3 Foot 7 art department, would be.

The installation is just one of many things being done as Wellington becomes the so-called middle of Middle-earth for the November 28 Hobbit premiere at the Embassy Theatre.

NZ Post has a silhouetted depiction of Bilbo Baggins and his 13 dwarf companions on its fifth floor, which are lit up each night to stand out against Wellington's skyline.

Wellington Airport has a 12m-long sculpture of Gollum catching fish.

For the premiere, more than 500 metres of red carpet will stretch along Courtenay Pl.

Crowds of about 100,000 have been suggested, with room for 15,000 to watch on big screens at Waitangi Park.In the weeks around the premiere, a Hobbit-inspired artisan market, featuring the work of some of those who worked on The Hobbit, will be set up in Waitangi Park.

In the nights leading up to the premiere, the Lord of the Rings trilogy will screen at Waitangi Park for free.

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