Statue of Firth rises from lake
LONDON (AP) — It’s Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He’s 12 feet tall and made of fiberglass.
A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in “Pride and Prejudice,” has been installed in London’s Serpentine Lake.
The figure shows Darcy emerging from the water in a soaked shirt, re-creating a scene from the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.
The scene helped turn Firth into a sex symbol and is regularly voted among Britain’s most memorable TV moments.
Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said the work took the lake scene as a starting point but also drew on other depictions of Austen’s romantic hero.
The statue was placed in the Hyde Park lake Monday to promote a new TV channel dedicated to British drama and will be on display until February.
PHOTO: A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth performing as Mr. Darcy, a character in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice" at the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London, Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/PA, David Parry)