A gigantic Colin Firth statue as Mr. Darcy, has been raised in London’s Serpentine Lake and it’s turning heads, to put it mildly.
The 12-foot fiberglass statue immortalizes the scene in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in which Firth emerges from a lake after a frustrated swim wearing a white shirt.
Pride and Prejudice is one of the most beloved novels by the English author and her character Mr. Darcy, is a favorite with women of all ages.
The scene was ingrained in the collective imagination and is one of the sexiest television moments in Britain’s history, even though producers took some license, since there is no such scene in Austen’s novel.
Colin Firth became a sex symbol after playing the role and is frequently listed in polls for sexiest man. The statue of the brooding Mr. Darcy was installed in Serpentine Lake on Monday.
One of the sculptors, 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 purpose for placing the statue in such a place is to promote Drama, a new TV channel focusing on British programs.
Firth and the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation have a loyal following and they have taken to social media to voice their opinion regarding the enormous version of their favorite Mr. Darcy.
The statue is scheduled to go on display at several locations before being installed in a lake in Lyme Park, in Northwest England, where the scene was filmed. It will remain there until February.
Fans of Firth and the miniseries have received the display with mixed reactions, some of which were expressed on Twitter.
Nothing to see here, just a massive Colin Firth rising from the deep. http://t.co/OnGt3kMvwW
— Emily V Gordon (@thegynomite) July 9, 2013
So, a giant Mr Darcy (as portrayed by Colin Firth) sculpture in wet shirt emerges from the Serpentine Lake http://t.co/iWWxjxhK2l
— Victoria Savanh (@victoriasavanh) July 9, 2013
The most horrifying Jane Austen related tribute ever? Probably. http://t.co/CHU4ffTKYm
— Paul Mathers (@PaulMathers) July 9, 2013
Ha ha brilliant "Statue of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy Rises From Lake – ABC News" http://t.co/U0V8sUBPCd
— Chris Abraham (@chrisabraham) July 9, 2013
What do you think of Colin Firth’s statue as wet Mr. Dacy?