Gollum gets facelift
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.