As of today (August 19), if you happen upon one of 35 selected public statues across London (and Manchester) you can swipe a code mounted nearby and listen to an audio monologue from the likes of Isaac Newton, Queen Victoria or Sherlock Holmes.
After swiping your smartphone it will then ‘ring’, and sure enough a historical figure will be on the other end of the line telling you a bit about themselves. Talking Statues will be voiced by a number of celebrated actors — Sir Patrick Stewart, for example, will be the Unknown Soldier at Paddington train station, while Nicholas Parsons will read the part of Hodge the cat (pictured).
This project (produced by Colette Hiller, artistic director of Sing London) will last for at least a year, which gives you plenty of time to seek out your favourite statues and hear what they’ve got to say for themselves.
For more details go to talkingstatues.co.uk.
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By Christina Wu