Canary Wharf Group’s ‘Couple on Seat’ by renowned artist Lynn Chadwick will become the latest statue in London to have its own voice as part of the ‘Talking Statues’ project. Passers-by can swipe, mail or QR code with their smart phones on a nearby plaque to hear the bronze figures come to life.
Monologues offering a comedic take on the two sides of marriage voiced by celebrated British comedians and actors Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar and fabulously written by author of Meatspace and Coconut Unlimited, Nikesh Shukla.
The national Talking Statues initiative animates 35 sculptures in London and Manchester for a year, coupling humorous monologues that have been inspired by each of the individual works of art. The producers, Sing London, have commissioned some of the nation’s most celebrated writers to pen soliloquies for this range of iconic figures, each read and interpreted by a cast of equally talented actors, comedians and celebrities.
This interactive addition to the Canary Wharf cultural landscape offers a unique, engaging interaction with an artistic landmark. Incorporate your trip to the ‘Couple on Seat’ Talking Statue into a whole tour of public sculpture and art, with Canary Wharf’s downloadable art map which uncovers the hidden gems in one of the UK’s largest collections of public art. There are over 65 artworks and sculptures integrated into the estate, all free to view and produced by some of some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. www.singlondon.org
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