Scenes in the Square sculpture trail welcomes Indiana Jones
Wednesday 28 June: Hollywood’s most famous archaeologist comes to Leicester Square, following the official unveiling of the statue at the premiere of Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny on Monday, attended by Harrison Ford.
Indiana Jones becomes the tenth statue of the ‘Scenes in the Square’ trail, joining 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.
Launched in February 2020 and curated by Heart of London Business Alliance 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.
The trail is supported by a deluxe outdoor map, partnerships with Visit London and Spotify and an audio walking tour hosted by Alex Zane.
Mark Williams, Director of Destination for Heart of London Business Alliance, said: “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.” For further information, please visit Discover Leicester Square.
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This statue stands at prime position on Leicester Square’s north terrace, nearest the Cineworld Cinema. Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., better known as “Indiana Jones,” has graced cinema screens five times since 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film that inspired this statue’s iconic pose. Unveiled in celebration of his final adventure in 2023’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Indy, famously played by Harrison Ford, can be seen sporting his iconic hat and whip. The plaque accompanying Indy’s statue was signed by Harrison Ford himself at the premiere.
This statue was created over a three month process from extensive reference imagery provided by the filmmakers. With Ford due to unveil at the premiere, the statue had the most involvement by its subject of any of the Scenes in the Square statues, with the actor himself giving many notes and edits to ensure his likeness was captured. Our special thanks to Harrison’s trusted make-up artist Bill Corso, who gave up his time to visit the London production house and ensure the best possible facial likeness.
Did you know?
The name “Indiana Jones” is said to have been inspired by Steve McQueen’s 1966 character “Nevada Smith” in the film of the same name – however, other sources suggest that the character was in fact named after George Lucas’s dog. Lucas owned an Alaskan Malamute called Indiana in the 70’s, and the character, whose surname was changed from Smith to Jones, was created.
Indiana Jones copyright courtesy of The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm.