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Talking Statues is coming to Berlin. Originally developed in Copenhagen and London, the project has already been imitated in Manchester and Chicago, San Diego, Helsinki and Vilnius. The idea is as brilliant as it is simple: public statues and artworks are equipped with a QR code, passers-by that scan the code with their smartphones receive a call from the statue, telling them their story.

The pilot project Talking Statues Berlin was launched by Kulturprojekte Berlin as part of the MuseumSummer 2015 and will take place over three years. The first five statues started talking on 29 August 2015 as part of the Long Night of Museums.

The Käthe Kollwitz statue by Gustav Seitz at Kollwitz-Platz in Pankow
The Heinrich Zille monument by Thorsten Stegmann in Nikolaiviertel
The Lise Meitner monument by Anna Franziska Schwarzbach in the forecourt of the Humboldt University of Berlin
The Marx and Engels monument by Ludwig Engelhardt at the Marx-Engels Forum at Alexanderplatz
The Lion by August Gaul in the colonnaded courtyard in front of the Alte Nationalgalerie (Museum Island)