If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?
Coming soon: in 2017, Bedford's statues will be talking too!
Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your smartphone on a nearby plaque and presto, get a call back from John Bunyan (as voiced by Matt Berry), prison reformer John Howard (as voiced by Colin Salmon), big band leader Glenn Miller (written by Toby Litt) or a 5-metre tall silver face (as voiced by Al Murray)! Each has a story to tell. Together, they tell Bedford's story.
Arts producers Sing London are working with the Love Bedford Business Improvement District (BID), its theatres and museums to animate 7 statues across Bedford. The project, which will be launched on 11th April, has been funded by The Harpur Trust and town centre businesses. whilst working in partnership with Bedford Borough Council, The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, The Place Theatre and Bedford Central Library.
Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us. Some approaches are dramatic, others comic and others flights of pure fantasy. All aim to persuade the public look at the statues with new eyes.
To hear the statues speak, just bring your phone and pay them a visit from April 2017!