Monday, July 8, 2013

COLIN FIRTH: Mr Darcy statue built in Serpentine (CAMBRIDGE NEWS)

Mr Darcy statue built in Serpentine

Colin Firth's eye-popping lake scene from Pride And Prejudice has been brought to life once again - with a giant statue positioned in a well-known lake.

The fibreglass sculpture of the actor's head and torso stretches 12ft out of the water at The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park.

It has been built to celebrate the launch of new TV channel Drama after topping a poll last week to find the the most memorable moment in British TV drama.

The scene featured in a 1995 BBC adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, which was published 200 years ago. The image of Firth emerging dripping wet from the lake at Lyme Park in Cheshire caused a stir and turned the actor into a sex symbol.

Hyde Park was a fashionable place to promenade in the early 1800s - and for decades afterwards - with Austen strolling there on a regular basis.

The model of the star took a team of three sculptors in excess of two months to design, construct and paint.

Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said: "The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud. The Mr Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen's most famous hero."


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