Here in Lydney, we have local connections twice over to the fellow in the photo above at Wellington airport. It was created by a team led by some very talented and fun-loving members of my family at Weta Workshops and installed as the centre piece to the Middle of Middle Earth, Auckland Airport of course now being the Gateway to Middle Earth. Here however, I have to differ with my family (they won't mind and are used to it). Surely Oakdale is the true Gateway to Middle Earth? For one, we are named (apparently) after Lydney Park as the official name enscribed on the gateway to Oakdale (which got vandalised last night by the way) is 'Higher Lydney Park'. Secondly, Roman remains have been found on Oakdale, prompting calls from the County Archaeologist for proper investigations to be made prior to Phase 2. Thirdly, the original inspiration for the One Ring in the Lord of the Rings is one found and lost at the first Lydney Park. Fourthly, two members of the NZ branch of our family have local connections just like 99% of the people living here. (Alas, I don't think any are eligible to vote otherwise we could engage the services of Gandalf to get us to the polling station en masse.) So, what better? Our own Smaug on the Oakdale Roundabout. Rebrand Oakdale as Oakendell and Norm's your uncle.
In keeping with the artistic and creative sides married (in our family at least) to its engineering other halves, why not link the Oakendell Smaug with a speed camera? Then whenever it looks likely that someone else is having a go at merrily ploughing into us on the way round the roundabout, smoke could pour from Smaug's nostrils with facial expressions graded from stern look to glowering eyes and a firepit in front from which the aroma of slightly charred wild boar could add atmostpheric effect on Oakendell Community Days. (Served with Oakendell Apple Sauce made from the fruit of T3 of course.) That should sufficient to quell anyone too keen to get to the Land of the Long Red Dragon quickly and divert those in a partying frame of mind.
Job's a good 'un.