North Shore Times : January 14th 2011
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 14, 2011 NEWS A wild ride for Ever wondered where all the weird and wonderful characters at Rainbow's End sprang from? Reporter Jessie Colquhoun and photographer Shane Wenzlick satisfy their curiosity. Egg shape: Alan Walker sculpted this dinosaur egg and when it's finished it will sit alongside one of the newest attractions at Rainbow's End, Riki the Raptor. Alien nation: This alien keeps Alan Walker company in his workshop. When it's finished, it will be displayed by The Invader ride. Going to town: One of Alan Walker's first projects at Rainbow's End was adding this pirate town to the log flume ride. Pirates ahoy: As you approach the dark cave on the log flume you pass by a pirate scene that Alan Walker dreamed up. He wants to add more pirates, pixies and a sunken ship. Pot of gold: Inside the log flume's cave is a pixie sitting with a hoard of gold he stole from the pirates. Alan Walker bought a lot of the scene's props on TradeMe and spray- painted them gold. The log flume ride at Rainbow's End is an eight-minute journey that transports you to another world. Twisting and turning down the river in a log- shaped boat, you travel through a pirate town and into a dark cave where there are pixies, colourful gardens and a mountain of gold. As you eagerly await the steep plunge into the lake at the end of the ride, it's easy to miss the attention to detail engineered by the park's theme artist. Alan Walker's the man behind all the sculp- tures, signs, ideas and stories the theme park attractions tell. My job is all about kids extending their creativity and imagin- ation. It's all about mak- ing it more than just hop on the ride and hop off it.''Mr Walker spends his days in a workshop in the company of pixies, aliens, pirate skulls and dinosaur eggs. It's organised chaos but it's where the magic of Rainbow's End really comes to life.
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