NEW PROJECT LETS LOCAL STATUES ‘TALK’


A sign in front of the statue of Alexander Hamilton around 84th Street and East Drive in Central Park.

A new project tries to answer the question: “What would statues say if they could talk?” Several statues on the Upper West Side now have signs next to them with a scannable code that you can use with your smartphone (you can download a QR scanner for free).

After you scan the code, you get a call on your smartphone with a recording written by an author and voiced by an actor representing the statue.

The project launched at the New-York Historical Society on July 12. Statues of Joan of Arc, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Hamilton and other luminaries will talk to you and tell you how they’re feeling. Stoned!

The map of the statues is here.

The video below by project creator David Peter Fox explains the reasoning behind the project.

Thanks to Alan Gottesman for the tip and photo.

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    1. Steven says:

      What would statues say if they could talk?

      “Get these pigeons off of me!”

    2. Jenn B says:

      They did this in Chicago. Pretty cool, until people destroyed the QR codes and you couldn’t scan.

      http://www.statuestorieschicago.com/

    3. Lynn Sien says:

      Not Deaf accessible!

      • Kennneth says:

        Lynn,
        Neither are the audio features of a smart phone. Are you saying this should not be an Historical Society program then?

    4. Wijmlet says:

      Am I the only Luddite?

    5. Scott says:

      If Melissa Mark-Viverito has her way, all of these statues will be gone in 5 years, replaced by FALN killers. So scan these codes while you can.

    6. NY10024 says:

      This looks cool. Too bad Eleanor Roosevelt (@72 and Riverside) wasn’t included, though. I’d love to hear her thoughts these days.

    7. B.J. Anderson says:

      Great idea!! Can’t wait to hear what they have to say after all these years!!

    8. Ethan says:

      ummm, no.