Bronze Statue Of INDIANA JONES Joins London’s SCENES IN SQUARE To Celebrate The Release Of INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY
Following the spectacular unveiling of the statue at the UK Premiere of Disney’s and Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny on Monday, attended by Harrison Ford, the statue is now open for public viewing.
Ready for action with his signature fedora and whip, the Indiana Jones statue was unveiled to the public to celebrate the release of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny, in cinemas nationwide today.
Indiana Jones becomes the tenth statue of the ‘Scenes in the Square’ trail and the whip-cracking character joins the esteemed company of Harry Potter, Laurel & Hardy, Bugs Bunny, Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Mr Bean, Paddington and iconic DC Super-Heroes Batman and Wonder Woman.
Everyone’s favourite adventurer, Indiana Jones, is the newest statue to join ‘Scenes in the Square’, a sculpture trail in London’s Leicester Square.
Having been officially unveiled at the UK premiere of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny, in cinemas today, the statue has now taken residency on the north terrace of Leicester Square, Europe’s busiest pedestrian walkway.
Cracking his whip in Indy’s trademark pose first seen in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), the new statue is surrounded by boulders and fauna inspired by the celebrated franchise and will grace the Square throughout the summer.
The statue unveil coincides with the release of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny, which sees Harrison Ford pick up his whip and fedora for one last adventure as he returns as the legendary archaeologist, starring along with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”) and John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Mark Williams, Director of Destination for Heart of London Business Alliance, commented “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Indiana Jones to the Scenes in the Square trail, honouring the character’s major part in cinema history since 1981 and cementing Harrison Ford’s status as a movie icon.
The dynamic statue trail is a true celebration of entertainment and there are few more worthy inclusions than the legendary Indiana Jones. Taking pride of place on Leicester Square’s bustling north terrace and unveiled on the nationwide release of his fifth cinematic adventure, Indy promises to be a hugely popular addition to the Square.”
Councillor Tim Roca, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure, added “Although some might think it belongs in a museum, I’m thrilled to be welcoming the Indiana Jones statue to Leicester Square. Being in the heart of our city, this tribute celebrates Westminster’s unrivalled position as the home of film and entertainment.
“We’re proud to be partnering with Heart of London Business Alliance to support Scenes in the Square, which continues to generate a buzz across the borough, making culture and the arts accessible to our residents.”
The statue joins the nine entertainment icons from the past 100 years, with the Scenes In The Square sculpture trail having become one of London’s most popular free tourist attractions, with visitors in their tens of thousands sharing their photographs with the characters daily. Adorning the buildings, benches and flower beds of the historic square, visitors can also encounter Harry Potter, Laurel & Hardy, Bugs Bunny, Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Mr Bean, Paddington and iconic DC superheroes Batman and Wonder Woman.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hits cinemas nationwide today, Wednesday 28th June.
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About “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”
Harrison Ford returns as the legendary hero archaeologist, starring along with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Shaunette Renée Wilson (“Black Panther”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Das Boot”), Toby Jones (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Boyd Holbrook (“Logan”), Olivier Richters (“Black Widow”), Ethann Isidore (“Mortel”), and Mads Mikkelsen (“Another Round”). Directed by James Mangold, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. John Williams, who has scored each Indy adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, has once again composed the score. The movie will open in cinemas June 28th.
Scenes in the Square
Curated by Heart of London Business Alliance and Premier Public Relations and supported by Westminster City Council, ‘Scenes in the Square’ is an interactive sculpture trail that celebrates iconic and exciting scenes and characters from the past 100 years of entertainment, all interacting with the destination in their own unique way, making Leicester Square a must-visit location by day and night, beyond the film premieres we associate it with.
Launched in February 2020, the trail includes dynamic and interactive bronze statues of Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Laurel & Hardy, Singin’ in the Rain, Paddington, Batman, Wonder Woman and Mr. Bean. Temporary statues to have joined the trail since launch include Game of Thrones iron throne and Clifford the Big Red Dog. The trail is supported by a deluxe outdoor map, partnerships with Visit London and Spotify and an audio walking tour hosted by Alex Zane.
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Heart of London Business Alliance
Since 2001 Heart of London Business Alliance has been cementing London’s position as the world’s leading cultural destination by working on behalf of over 500 businesses and 100 property owners in the Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly & St James’s and St Martin’s areas of the West End.
Home to galleries, theatres, restaurants, cafés, bars, world-famous shops, cultural institutions and associations, the area is truly unique with an experience-based economy that caters to every taste. From the BAFTA headquarters to the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Art, the area’s cultural heritage stretches back centuries, yet it remains at the forefront of the arts.
As a not-for-profit, Heart of London Business Alliance is focused on securing the long-term commercial wellbeing of the area. Through area promotion, business support and advocacy they champion members’ interests and ensure the West End remains truly world-class.