Why Is There a Giant Dead Parrot in London?

There’s a giant dead parrot in London today, and Monty Python is to blame. Well, maybe it’s not dead. Maybe it’s just resting.

The massive sculpture was commissioned by the UK TV channel Gold, who will be airing the final performance of Monty Python’s recent reunion on Sunday. The reunion, which began on July 1 with proceeds going to charity, features original members Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam on-stage for one final run at the O2 Arena.


The bird itself was created by sculptor Iain Prendergast, and is 50 feet long and currently residing at Potters Fields Park in South London, near the Tower Bridge.

If you don’t get the joke, it’s in reference to this particularly fantastic Monty Python sketch:

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