The Orc Statue
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:
- Meeting people ("Let's meet at the Orc statue!")
- Posts on social media
- Symbolic events; passionate founder speeches often take place in front of the Orc
- Holiday community projects
- 1 trillion photos and selfies*
The Orc Statue
"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.
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.
- 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.
Orc and Wolf Statue CreditsDesigned by: Nick Carpenter, Sam Didier, and Glenn Rane
Sculpted by: Eden Small, Richard Taylor, and Daniel Cockersell
Manufactured by: WETA limited