Those alive Dublin's statues will call you back

Maria Sergeeva
October 18, 2017

If statues could talk, what stories would they tell? If you visit Dublin, you could take a call from Oscar Wilde, James Joyce or George Bernard Shaw to have the answer.

Ten statues of historical figures, contemporary artists and famous Dublin characters have been brought to life to tell their stories to passers-by.

As visitors walk past statues, newly erected plaques will encourage them to use their smartphone to swipe a QR code or access a link. They will then receive a call back from well-known actors such as Ruth Negga, Peter Coonan and Brendan O’Carroll who will recite a specially written monologue giving a voice to the statue in question.

Each monologue will tell you the story of the character and of Dublin itself, written by an assortment of writers including scriptwriter Rachel Kilfeather, Irish poet and playwright, Paula Meehan and comedic writer Arthur Mathews mixing drama and humor at the same time.

The “Talking Statues” is a pilot project, funded by Fáilte Ireland, commissioned by Art Producers, Sing London, and supported by Dublin City Council. More statues are considered for animation in 2018.

“Talking Statues is a great idea and this pilot scheme, engaging so many of Ireland’s great writers and performers, will give it the opportunity, I hope, to grow and flourish,” said Ray Yeats of Dublin City Council.