Tuesday 3rd December 2019

ICONS FROM A CENTURY OF CINEMA TO BE HONOURED IN LEICESTER SQUARE STATUE TRAIL

London, UK (27th November) - A dynamic trail of interactive bronze statues will grace London's Leicester Square from early 2020, celebrating the capital's rich movie history and exciting future.

'Scenes in the Square' is a unique cultural initiative by the Heart of London Business Alliance in partnership with Westminster City Council and major film studios. 

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 highly expressive bronze statues, many brought to life in the evening through lighting. 

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, and this long term trail celebrates unforgettable movies from 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.

Representing the 1920s to 1940s will be legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy who starred in over 100 films together, including Liberty (1929) which is the inspiration for the daring stunt that will see their statues playfully teetering on a rooftop.

Another timeless figure will celebrate his eightieth birthday, as a statue of Looney Tunes' Bugs Bunny, the animated character to have appeared in the most films in history since his first appearance in 1940's Candid Camera, will grace a nearby flower bed.

Representing the 1950s will be the unmistakeable and majestic figure of Gene Kelly, immortalised on a lamppost from the timeless dance sequence in 'Singin' in the Rain' (1952), regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time.

 Meanwhile a stunning statue of Mary Poppins will appear to land gracefully in Leicester Square gardens, the 1964 film a shining example of 1960s cinema and still relevant today with Cameron Mackintosh's West End musical now booking.

The 1980s are represented by the timeless feel-good moment of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial flying over the moon in Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic. The magical scene will be installed above the Odeon Luxe roof.

Also gracing Leicester Square's rooftops will be Batman, the Caped Crusader keeping watch over London from the roof of the Cineworld Cinema and Empire Casino. Recently celebrating the comic book's 80thanniversary and 30 years since he hit the big screen in Tim Burton's Batman (1989), the heroic statue celebrates his onscreen presence in every decade since 1980s.

Representing the 2010s will be the treasured British icon Paddington, whose beloved cinematic outings Paddington and Paddington 2 premiered in Leicester Square in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Visitors to Leicester Square gardens will be able to sit on a bench and have lunch beside this marmalade loving star of the two BAFTA-nominated films. 

Completing the trail and representing the 2020s and the bright future of cinema, will be Gal Gadot's powerful Wonder Woman, bursting dynamically through the Vue Cinema wall, celebrating the June 2020 release of Wonder Woman 1984

 

 

 

 

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