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Weta Workshop sending unique exhibition to China, profits for earthquake relief


Media release – Weta Workshop
Richard Taylor has organised to take a unique collection of art, props and sculpture to Chengdu in China. This exhibition will also premiere a significant collection of fine art paintings from Greg Broadmore, the creator of Dr Grordbort’s – a property that Richard Taylor and partner Tania Rodger have developed with Broadmore in Wellington over the past four years.

All ticket profits from The Exceptional Exhibition – Weta Workshop introduces the World of Dr Grordbort’s will be donated by Taylor and Rodger to relief efforts for the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province, China, where the exhibition is being held.

The five Academy Awards© Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop team won for Lord of the Rings and King Kong will be on display.

The main feature of the exhibition is the work of New Zealand artist Greg Broadmore, who created the fictional universe of Dr Grordbort’s and Dr Grordbort’s Infallible Aether Oscillators, which have been developed by Weta Workshop as a line of art collectibles. The rayguns are 1:1 scale antique styled sci-fi hand weapon props, evoking the nostalgia of a lost age of exploration and discovery.


Taylor (right), Rodger and Broadmore (left) have also developed Dr Grordbort’s into the areas of merchandising and publishing and hope to create a feature film of this world.

The Exceptional Exhibition will run from December 5 to January 15 at the Sichuan Provincial Museum in Chengdu. A VIP opening involving New Zealand and Chinese dignitaries will be held on December 4. They will be joined by film and art community luminaries.

After the exhibition closes in Chengdu, Weta Workshop intends travelling the Dr Grordbort’s artwork around the world. Future venues are being finalised at this stage.

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Media release – New Zealand Government
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson spoke today at the announcement of a major original exhibition by Weta Workshop which will tour China later this year.

“As Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, I want to congratulate Weta for another great coup – taking this exhibition to China, one of our most significant trading partners and, we hope, a partner in an increasing number of audio-visual production projects,” Mr Finlayson said.

The exhibition will feature the work of New Zealand artist Greg Broadmore, who worked on District 9, King Kong, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is based on his ‘fictional universe’ of Dr Grordbort’s and Dr Grordbort’s Infallible Aether Oscillators – described as “antique styled sci-fi hand weapon props, evoking the nostalgia of a lost age of exploration and discovery”. Weta Workshop has developed the ray-guns as a line of art collectibles.

The remainder of the exhibition will be made up of other props from Weta Workshop’s collection.

The exhibition grew out of discussions between head of Weta Workshop Richard Taylor, and Gavin Crombie – founder and Chief Executive of IDF Global and Green Leaf Film Studios in Chengdu. Richard Taylor was among the New Zealand business leaders that attended the signing of the China/New Zealand Free Trade Agreement last year.


  1. shaun, 27. November 2009, 10:39

    what is the point of sending this stuff to China? How will it help anyone there? How is it helping New Zealand? Or are we just another Tibet?

  2. fushigi, 30. January 2010, 14:17