Warner Bros. icons from a century of cinema are coming to Leicester Square
A dynamic trail of interactive bronze statues will grace London’s Leicester Square from February, celebrating the capital’s rich movie history and exciting future.
‘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.
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.
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 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 official appearance in 1940’s A Wild Hare, 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 he directed and choreographed for ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952). The film is regarded as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time.
Also gracing Leicester Square’s rooftops will be Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero, keeping watch over London from a rooftop. First introduced in Detective Comics #27, the heroic statue celebrates Batman’s onscreen presence in every decade since the 1980s.
Representing the 2020s and the bright future of cinema, will be Wonder Woman - DC’s iconic Super Hero who stands for justice, peace and equality. Bursting dynamically through a wall, the figure celebrates the 2020 release of Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot.
‘Scenes in the Square’ will launch in late February 2020 and will be a free, fully accessible trail for film lovers of all ages. Many 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.
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