50-Foot Dead Parrot Drops Into London to Promote Monty Python Reunion

Remarkable bird, beautiful plumage

What's a Monty Python reunion without a dead parrot? And why settle for a simple prop you can bang on the counter when you could have a monstrous, 50-foot-tall dead parrot?

To promote the live broadcast of the comedy troupe's July 20 performance, UKTV's Gold channel and sculptor Iain Prendergast created a massive fiberglass dead parrot, which was suspended from a crane and laid talons-up in London's Potters Field this week.

The bird is, of course, a reference to Monty Python's enduring "Dead Parrot Sketch," which you can watch below.

"The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot," Gold general manager Steve North tells RadioTimes, "keeping the realism of the bird [while] also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes."

Photos by David Parry, via Flickr.