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Giant Literary Figure Statues

The Mr Darcy Sculpture Immortalizes Colin Firth's Rendition

— July 11, 2013 — Pop Culture
Jane Austen fans, and those with a particular affinity for 'Pride and Prejudice' will fall in love with the Mr Darcy sculpture. Rising impressively above the Serpentine Lake in London’s Hyde Park, it happens to immortalize a scene that wasn't actually written in the book. Instead, it is inspired by the BBC miniseries version of the classic novel starring Colin Firth.

The Mr Darcy sculpture depicts the moment when the British actor became a sex symbol in the United Kingdom. He emerged wet-shirt and hair dripping to cause Elizabeth Bennett’s pulse to race. Nevertheless, lead sculptor Toby Crowther says, "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."
Trend Themes
1. Literary-inspired Sculptures - Sculptures depicting iconic literary figures and scenes are gaining popularity and provide opportunities for artists and tourism industries.
2. Fan Culture Memorabilia - Collectibles and products inspired by fan culture, like the Mr Darcy sculpture, are becoming sought after in consumer markets and offer opportunities for licensing and merchandise development.
3. Nostalgic Entertainment Revivals - Revivals of popular TV shows and films, such as the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, are becoming popular sources of inspiration for products and attractions in the entertainment industry.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Sculpture - In the art industry, there are opportunities to create sculptures inspired by popular literary figures, like Mr. Darcy, and expand into the tourism market.
2. Licensing and Merchandising - Companies can capitalize on fan culture by creating merchandise inspired by popular literary and entertainment characters and scenes, such as the Mr Darcy sculpture.
3. Tourism and Hospitality - The hospitality and tourism industries can create attractions and experiences inspired by literature and entertainment, attracting visitors with themed experiences like the Mr Darcy sculpture.
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