Gol­lum gets facelift

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LIN­TON­BON

Gol­lum is get­ting a facelift.

The prized statue, which has taken its place as an im­por­tant part of the Mata­mata land­scape, had its eyes, ears, nose and chin smashed off with a ham­mer in Oc­to­ber.

Mata­mata iSite man­ager Sue Whit­ing said it was ini­tially feared the statue might have to be re­made.

‘‘We re­ally didn’t know what to do,’’ she said.

‘‘Gol­lum def­i­nitely stops traf­fic.’’ Sculp­tor Al­lan Grab­ham, who made the Gol­lum statue at the Mata­mata Stone Sculp­tur­ing Sym­po­sium, was called in to eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion and said even though the statue had a num­ber of se­ri­ous stone frac­tures, it was still re­pairable.

‘‘He’s never go­ing to be the same as he was but he’s not com­pletely de­stroyed and can be fixed,’’ Mr Grab­ham said.

Gol­lum hasn’t been the only vic­tim of van­dal­ism in Mata­mata re­cently. On the night of the ham­mer at­tack, win­dows were smashed at the Mata­mata iSite cen­tre. Trees have been pulled out of pots along Broad­way and the fa­mous man­nequin from out­side Work­mans Bar and Cafe was stolen and dumped in a nearby skip bin. Ms Whit­ing said it was un­be­liev­able how much dam­age was be­ing done by peo­ple, who ob­vi­ously had no re­gard for other peo­ple’s prop­erty. ‘‘These peo­ple need to be stopped.’’

Poor Gol­lum: Sculp­tor Al­lan Grab­ham analy­ses what needs to be done to the Gol­lum statue af­ter it was se­verely bashed with a ham­mer last month.

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