Scenes in the Square: Meet icons of cinema on Leicester Square’s art trail

Pose with your favourite film character at this outdoor art exhibition.

Scenes in the Sq Bugs Bunny © Memoirs Of A Metro Girl 2020

What’s up Doc? Bugs Bunny sculpture for ‘Scenes in the Square’

When you say the address Leicester Square to the average Londoner, one thing that may come to mind is the district’s cinemas. The square is home to several large cinemas and is renowned for having the main venues for the capital’s glitzy film premieres and award ceremonies.

This spring, a temporary outdoor art exhibition is celebrating Leicester Square‘s cinematic ties. Having launched in February 2020, eight bronze sculptures of iconic film characters have been placed in and around the square. Scenes in the Square gives movie buffs the opportunity to pose for the ‘gram with some iconic characters from cinematic history. Two action heroes will be a bit harder to find as it looks like they may have used their capes to find a higher ground.

One of the sculptures is homegrown talent Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and his American comedy partner Oliver Hardy (1892-1957). The likeness of the comedy duo, known as Laurel and Hardy, can be found perched on the roof of the official TKTS lodge. Completing the silver screen icons is a sculpture of Gene Kelly (1912-1996) as Don Lockwood in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, complete with an umbrella and hanging off a lamppost.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of sculptures to delight the children, such as Bugs Bunny, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mr Bean, Mary Poppins and Paddington.

While you’re checking out the sculptures, while not listen to the special Spotify playlist, created specially to accompany the exhibition.

  • Scenes in the Square is on until 1 July 2023. At Leicester Square, Westminster, WC2H 7DE. Nearest stations: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Leicester Square website.

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Posted on 14 Mar 2020, in art, Families, Film, London, Walking tour and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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