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Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Paddington to be honoured with statues in Leicester Square

Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Paddington to be honoured with statues in Leicester Square

Bronze statues depicting famous film moments and characters from the last century will be placed in Leicester Square in a celebration of London’s cinematic history.

Laurel and Hardy, Mary Poppins and Mr Bean will be among the eight figures represented in the “statue trail”, which opens next month.

Leicester Square was the first home to a cinema in 1930, with the first premiere taking place there in 1937.

Since then, the square has cemented its place in British film history and regularly hosts some of the most high-profile events in the UK film calendar.

A dynamic trail of interactive bronze statues will grace London’s Leicester Square from next month, celebrating the capital’s rich cinematic history and exciting future.

Bugs Bunny, Wonder Woman, Batman and Paddington from Looney Tunes will also be represented in the square.

A statue of Gene Kelly recreating the memorable Singing in the Rain A dance sequence hanging from a lamppost will also be on display. Concept art shows a statue of Batman standing and observing the plaza from the roof of the Odeon Luxe.

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Each of the statues will interact with the square in some way – with the designers also planning to make use of walls, benches and flower beds.

Sculptor Andrzej Szymczyk puts the finishing touches to the statues of Bugs Bunny and Gene Kelly, which will soon be installed in the gardens of Leicester Square.

Iconic comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will be shown teetering on the edge of a rooftop in a recreation of a scene from the 1929 film Freedom.

Several of the statues on display, which can be visited free of charge, will be illuminated at night and will also be accompanied by videos and music.

The project, titled Scenes in the Square, is being carried out by the Heart of London Business Alliance, Westminster City Council and film studios.

Production is underway by sculptor David Field on dynamic, life-size statues of comedy icons Laurel and Hardy.

Mark Williams, Head of Consumer Marketing at the Heart of London Business Alliance, said: “Cinema is an incredibly universal art form and Leicester Square has been its London home for many years. With statues depicting films across the years, from the 1920s to the 2020s, we hope that ‘Scenes in the Square’ will delight film lovers of all generations and we look forward to welcoming visitors to explore this wonderful trail.”

Mark adds: “Following its launch early next year and a six-month pilot period, we hope to welcome more characters to the square in the coming years, so watch this space for your favourite film, television or theatre scenes to come to life in the heart of London.”

The statues will be unveiled on February 27.