Wellington Airport, with the connivance of the Wellington City Council, has decided that it would be a jolly good idea to deface the side of a hill with a giant sign, mimicking the famous “Hollywood” sign, reading, “Wellywood”. It’s a subtle and imaginative reference to the movie industry in Wellington i.e. Peter Jackson. Or not.
Here’s what the hill looks like now.
For those of you who are not familiar with Wellington, the airport is off to the right, on a short, narrow strip of land between two rows of hills. Flying into Wellington can be nervewracking, as the plane jumps and lurches from side to side in the wind. Passengers often give pilots a round of applause as they land.
And here’s what it would look like.
It all looks like a giant helping of this to me.
Many people are unimpressed, and of course, a web site has sprung up straight away, where you can generate words for the hill. The gallery has the usual dose of racism, misogyny and crudity, but there are some gems:
There are somewhat dull references to Peter Jackson and The Lord of the Rings:
And some instructions for pilots:
I think the pick of the bunch is the one that combines both:
The site doesn’t say who came up with each caption, but I do know that Dr Tiso came up with “Mayday Mayday” and “Turn right” is mine.