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·         A 15-metre sculpture of a “Norwegian Blue” parrot is unveiled to mark screening of last ever show by TV channel Gold on Sunday 20th July

·         The sculpture is revealed in the 45th anniversary year of the first screening of the sketch

·         Famous pet shop scene revealed recently as top Monty Python sketch


LONDON, 14 July 2014: The dead parrot at the centre of the eponymous sketch performed by John Cleese and Michael Palin, first screened 45 years ago, hangs from a crane on London’s South Bank today.  The giant sculpture pays homage to the surreal comedy scene that still has viewers in stitches and was recently named the nation’s favourite Monty Python sketch in a survey.

The sculpture, which was specially commissioned to mark the screening of the very last Monty Python live show on UKTV Gold on 20th July, caused a stir amongst passers-by this morning as well as local wildlife.  The installation of the dead parrot on Potters Field by Tower Bridge celebrates the famous sketch that was first broadcast on 7 December 1969 and remains a firm favourite with audiences who have been enjoying the live shows at The O2 this month. 

The model, which is made from fibre glass, took a team of three sculptors over two months to design, construct and paint.  The giant dead parrot measures 15 metres (almost 50 feet) from the tip of its tail to the top of its head, the equivalent to the height of five elephants standing on top of one another.

Lead sculptor Dave Crosswell says, “We watched both live and televised versions of the sketch and found that there have been a number of different incarnations of the parrot with a variety of different plumages.  The 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.  The dead parrot sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of the hero of Monty Python’s most celebrated sketch.”

The homage to the iconic Monty Python sketch will be taken to The O2 arena where fans attending the final run of live shows will be able to say their final farewell to the comedy troupe, taking pictures of the giant dead parrot and adding to the Twitter buzz using the hashtag #montypythonlive.

Steve North, General Manager of Gold says, “We believe that our giant dead parrot provides a fitting tribute to a sketch that is so loved by audiences throughout the world.  We hope that fans will join us for the final Monty Python performance this Sunday to see Britain’s greatest ever comedy group bow out in style.

Gold will be screening the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down Five To Go stage show on Sunday 20th July.

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