The dreaded giant Norwegian Blue has descended on London’s Potters Fields yesterday. The 50 foot fiberglass bird was hung upside down by a crane to mark the forthcoming final time the Monty Python band will get back together, Sunday 20 July at London’s O2 Arena and the subsequent UKTV Gold live simulcast. “We are all Monty Python fans so we were delighted to receive the brief from Gold to recreate the mythical Norwegian Blue on a giant scale,” explained lead sculptor Iain Prendergast, who helped build the enormous model bird, which took more than two months to make. “The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes,” he explained.
The huge bird will be delivered to the O2 Arena for Sunday’s final performance of Monty Python Live (mostly). Given the history of the sketch, let’s hope British Rail isn’t involved in getting the prize ex-parrot to the arena on Sunday for the finale. Chances are you won’t be in the audience on Sunday where the Cleese/Palin sketch is scheduled to be performed one last time. For those that can’t make it, I’m not sure it’s the next best thing to being there, but it is classic.