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Talking Statues. How does that work?

Aug. 16, 2018

Listen Up - Here's How.


'Talking Statues' enable people to access a monologue for each statue via a QR code or short URL incorporated into a sign placed in front of it.  The sound file is then accessed via the listeners' mobile phones.  With the 'singlondon' project info@singlondon.org ( as used in this Dublin statue of two women ) the sound file is disguised as a phone call – so the listener effectively receives a call from a statue.

The cost of the technology is relatively low – the main costs are hosting the website that holds the sound files and the technology design for the mobile phone. The starting price would probably be £3,000, which becomes more cost-effective if the website is hosting a number of statues – it would be an expensive way of doing just one statue but the cost would be the same for 10 or 20 (excluding any commissioning fees to write and record the text).   Costs can also be reduced by getting a student or volunteer to design and maintain the technology.

Photo Graham Hogg.

So how about installing sound in the wonderful 'Women of Steel' in Sheffield using that beautiful accapella song " The Drop Hammer " that was written for the opening ceremony? They probably would not mind shairing the privelege with other statues in the city to  keep the costs affordable.

Listen from 16.20 - 18.44 on Women of Steel Sheffield opening ceremony video

For more info on Talking Statues, https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/rcmg/projects/talking-statues

and  http://www.talkingstatues.co.uk/