Why is there a huge “dead parrot” on the Southbank?

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Deceased “Norwegian Blue” Photograph: Twitter

Lying on its back, an enormous “Norwegian Blue” parrot is the startling sight currently greeting visitors to London’s Southbank.

The “deceased” bird, which is almost 50ft long from beak to tail-tip, has been built to promote the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live stage show on comedy TV channel Gold on 20 July.

According to ITV news, a team of three sculptors spent more than two months creating the famous “Norwegian Blue” after the sketch in which the “ex-parrot” appears was voted the nation’s favourite Monty Python sketch in a survey by the channel.

The fibreglass bird was hung from a crane on the Southbank before being lowered into place.

Amused and confused onlookers tweeted photographs of the unlucky beast:

And here’s a video to help you fully comprehend the magnitude of the feathery marvel.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Anonymous

    Is it for sale? It'd look great in my front garden.

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  • Can we start a campaign to replace the blue cockerel on the 4th plinth at Trafalgar Square with this Norwegian Blue once it's finished it's time on the South Bank?

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