Saturday, April 5, 2008
This statue of Riff Raff in Victoria Street is the birthplace of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is erected on the site of the former Embassy Theatre and the barber shop where Richard O'Brien, the creator of the show, cut hair from 1959 to 1964, before returning to England. He starred as Riff Raff in the 1975 film version.
The statue is a cast bronze sculpture created by Weta Workshop, designed by Greg Broadmore, sculpted by Brigitte Wuest and engineered by Dave Irons.
He is curated and was installed by the Waikato Museum of Art and History on behalf of his owner, the Hamilton City Council. He was commissioned and then gifted to the city by Mark Servian and the Riff Raff Public Arts Trust with the assistance of The Perry Foundation.
The statue was unveiled at midnight on Friday, 26 November, 2004. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike.
In December 2007, Richard O'Brien returned to Hamilton for an event held at the WEL Energy Trust Academy for the Performing Arts, where he entertained the audience with music and stories.