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."