Female hearts are beating that little bit faster at the National Trust’s Lyme Park – where a giant sculpture of Mr. Darcy has been installed during the 200th anniversary year of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen’s dashing romantic hero – at 12 feet as high as a double decker bus – can now be admired emerging from the lake depicted in Colin Firth’s memorable wet shirt scene in BBC TV’s adaptation of the perennially-popular novel in 1995.
The eye-catching sculpture – made from polystyrene and coated in fibreglass – was specially commissioned to mark the launch of UKTV’s new TV channel Drama, whose viewers recently voted the Colin Firth scene ‘the most memorable moment in British drama’.
Lead sculptor Toby Crowther said: “We took Colin Firth’s famous lake scene as a starting point, but the Mr. Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen’s famous hero.”
Anthony Willder, Visitor Experience Manager at Lyme Park, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the statue in this, the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. We get many visitors asking about ‘that moment’, so we hope this will encourage even more people to come to Lyme and enjoy both the statue and its wonderful setting.”
Mr. Darcy will remain in the garden lake at Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire, until February 2014.
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