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Talking statues to come to Brighton & Hove?

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Conservatives are calling on Brighton & Hove City Council to follow London’s lead by introducing innovative new ‘talking statue’ technology to some of the city’s historic icons.

In London, playwrights and actors have been commissioned by not-for-profit arts organisation www.singlondon.org to put words into the mouths of 40 public statues around the city in a project that aims to connect people to the physical spaces around them. In order to activate the statue’s ‘voice’, a smartphone is swiped on a nearby tag and the owner receives an immediate phone call from the statue in question, be it Sherlock Holmes, Queen Victoria or Dick Whittington’s cat!

Withdean Ward Councillor, Ann Norman, is writing to the Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development & Culture Committee to request that a similar project be introduced in Brighton & Hove.

Cllr. Norman said: “This really is a wonderful idea which could bring Brighton & Hove’s rich and varied history and heritage to life using 21st Century technology. We have a whole range of famous statues in the city such as Queen Victoria, Prince Regent, Max Miller and Steve Ovett who would all have a fascinating story to tell. It could even be used at some of our iconic monuments such as the Chattri Memorial and the Peace Statue as well as some of the city’s fabulous public art installations, for example, the AIDS memorial sculpture in New Steine Gardens.”

Conservative Group Culture Spokesperson, Cllr. Vanessa Brown, added: “Brighton & Hove is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK and is continually evolving to maintain this status. I think that talking statues would be a fantastic addition to our long list of attractions and would potentially open up the city’s fascinating history to a whole new audience. I very much hope that we can progress this at the next Committee meeting.”