Image via New York Talking Statues
Image via New York Talking StatuesThree criteria were used to select the 35 statues, five of which are women: statues with historical significance to New York City, those put up by immigrants to highlight culture, and statues of artists who have contributed to the city.
The statue of Shakespeare in Central Park is also a talking statue. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Adhodges7Although Talking Statues seems like the kind of project to start in a culturally and historically rich place like New York City, it actually has its beginnings in Copenhagen. It all started when documentary filmmaker David Peter Fox was taking his kids through the King’s Garden—the oldest garden in Copenhagen— and was intrigued by the stories behind its old sculptures. He aspired to find a way to share their stories with the public, and initially planned to make a short film about each statue. But then he thought of a better idea: let the statues tell their own stories. Soon enough, in 2013, Hans Christian Andersen in King’s Garden became the first “talking statue.”
Hear what Gertrude Stein, another talking statue, has to say in Bryant Park. Image via Wikimedia Commons/Arnoldius
You can also listen to the story behind “The Immigrants” at Battery Park. Image via Flickr user Wally Gobetz