Spooky figures not as they seem

After closer inspection, it is clear the ULF is a couple of moa skeletons made of wood, created...
After closer inspection, it is clear the ULF is a couple of moa skeletons made of wood, created by Dunedin artist Dave Herbert. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
Could there be truth to the conspiracy theories — that 3m-tall aliens walk around Dunedin office buildings after dark?

This grainy photo of a Strathallan St business could explain why food goes missing from the fridge and the staff cafeteria is always in a mess.

However, in the cold light of day, after further investigation, it turns out the insect/reptilian-looking alien is actually two wooden moa skeletons.

They were created by Balmac Building and Developments painter Dave Herbert about two years ago, for the Glenfalloch Night Gardens event.

They are made of interlocking wooden blocks which stack up in the anatomically-correct shape of a fully-grown moa.

An unidentified life form (ULF) appears to roam the corridors of a business after hours in...
An unidentified life form (ULF) appears to roam the corridors of a business after hours in Dunedin this week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
He has also created wooden skeletons of penguins, sabre-toothed tigers and dinosaurs.

Since the night gardens event, the moa skeleton pieces had been stored under his house, gathering dust, he said.

"They’re artworks. I just wanted to get them out and let people start enjoying them.

"I didn’t want them hanging up under a damp house for another year."

So his partner suggested they be put in the staff cafeteria of her workplace at GummyBear — a marketing, website and video design business.

Staff members said they were a popular addition to the atmosphere of the staffroom.

"We try to feed them a few crumbs or scraps now and then, but they don’t pick them up," Brody Lindsay said.

"I think they might be a bit fussy."

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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