A dynamic trail of interactive bronze statues will grace London’s Leicester Square from next month, celebrating the capital’s rich movie history and exciting future.
Leicester Square has long been the home of film, with the first cinema opening in 1930 and the very first movie premiere taking place in 1937. This long-term trail celebrates unforgettable movies from almost every decade since then through to the 2020s, with each character dynamically interacting with the scenery in the square, from rooftops and walls to benches and flower beds.
A creative expression of the past hundred years of movie magic, the long-term art installation will feature highly recognisable classic and contemporary film characters, each immortalised in interactive and expressive bronze statues, some brought to life in the evening through lighting.
So who or what characters from our most beloved films will you expect to see?
Representing the 1920s to 1940s will be legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy who will be seen their playfully teetering on a rooftop.
Another timeless figure will celebrate his eightieth birthday, as a statue of Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny who will grace a nearby flower bed.
Representing the 1950s will be the joyful and iconic figure of Gene Kelly on a lamppost from the timeless dance sequence from ‘Singin in the Rain’.
Mary Poppins will appear to land gracefully in Leicester Square Gardens, while gracing Leicester Square’s rooftops will be Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero, keeping watch over London. Other notably recognisable faces that will be popping up are Mr Bean, Paddington and Wonder Woman.
‘Scenes in the Square’ is a unique cultural initiative by Heart of London Business Alliance in partnership with Westminster City Council and major film studios.
‘Scenes in the Square’ will launch in late February 2020 and will be a free, fully accessible trail for film lovers of all ages. Several of the eight statues will also be illuminated at night, whilst the trail will also be enhanced with interactive content including maps, video and music.
For more information visit visit: https://www.leicestersquare.