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Giant 'dead parrot' tribute paid to Monty Python quintet

A giant dead parrot measuring 15 metres is unveiled on London’s South Bank Photo: PA

A giant dead parrot measuring 15 metres is unveiled on London’s South Bank to promote the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live stage show on comedy TV channel Gold on July 20.

A team of three sculptors spent over two months creating the homage to the famous "Norwegian Blue" after the dead parrot was voted the nation's favourite Monty Python sketch in survey by the channel.

The fibre-glass version of the bird, where in the sketch John Cleese tries to return the dead parrot to the shop, is almost 50ft-long from the tip of its tail to the top of its head.

It was hung from a crane before being laid on its back at Potters Fields near London's Tower Bridge.

A team of three sculptors spent over two months creating the homage to the famous Norwegian Blue Credit: PA

Lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said:

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.

Our sculpture provides a colourful hybrid of the dead parrots which have featured in the celebrated sketch.

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.

The dead parrot was voted the nation’s favourite Monty Python sketch in a survey Credit: PA

The model will end up at the O2 in Greenwich where the remaining Python members Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - are performing their final comeback gig on Sunday.