• La statua dell'Orco che domina la piazza del Campus Blizzard ad Irvine è uno dei simboli dell'azienda e dei suoi giochi, ma qual è la sua storia? Ecco qualche fatto e curiosità inedite:

    • Blizzard ha commissionato la statua alla WETA;
    • Il soggetto è stato disegnato da Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier e Glenn Rane;
    • La statuetta originale, alta circa 12 pollici, è stata inviata alla WETA, che l'ha scannerizzata e virtualizzata in Nuova Zelanda, per poi produrla in Cina;
    • È servito un anno di lavoro per terminare la statua;
    • In seguito, la statua, divisa in due pezzi dotati di una chiusura meccanica, è stata inviata ad Irvine;
    • Il bronzo usato è ad alto contenuto di rame, che dona la sfumatura rossiccia al metallo grezzo;
    • L'opera è circondata da una bussola runica che indica gli otto valori fondanti di Blizzard;
    • E, come ben ricorderete, una versione ridotta della statua è stata inviata ai giocatori più fedeli di World of Warcraft.

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    When visitors pass through the gates of Blizzard's office campus in Irvine, they immediately gravitate toward the Orc statue! A dear hero in Blizzard’s heart, the statue is a popular spot for:

    *Actually: only a billion

    The Orc Statue

    Orc Statue

    Created 2017

    Information

    "Create a larger-than-life sculpture of a fearsome wolf-mounted orc warrior from Warcraft;" that was the challenge Blizzard presented to New Zealand-based Weta Workshop.

    Blizzard worked closely with Weta artisans in New Zealand and China to turn the small prototype into a bronze behemoth.

    After over a year of intense work, the 12 foot tall, 2 ton bronze orc warrior now stands watch in the courtyard of Blizzard Entertainment’s Irvine campus.

    Creation

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    First Thing’s First: Modeling
    A team in New Zealand scanned the original 12-inch tall statuette and created a virtual 3D model

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    The 3D model was then sent to a manufacturing center in China, where the artists sculpted, molded, cast, waxed, bronzed, welded, and buffed to turn the virtual presentation into a 12 foot tall statue.

    Last, but Not Least: Delivery
    The massive sculpture was transported from China to Irvine using a custom-built steel dolly and shipping container, and set into place with a crane.

    Fun Facts:

    • The sculpture was designed with a mechanical connection so it could be separated into two pieces to be transported.
    • The sculpture is made of high-copper bronze, which is why the raw metal has a salmon pink color.
    • The statue in Irvine is surrounded by a runed compass with Blizzard's eight core values at its points.
    • Blizzard also awarded a version of this statue to World of Warcraft players who had been playing for ten years to celebrate the game's 10 year anniversary.

     

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    Orc and Wolf Statue Credits

    Designed by: Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Glenn Rane
    Sculpted by: Eden Small, Richard Taylor, and Daniel Cockersell
    Manufactured by: WETA limited

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