How would you like to have a huge standing figure in your closest major city standing 30 stories tall? Today I met a man named Paddy Dunning at IAAPA looking to do just that. In what may be one of the most unusual concepts I have heard pitched in a while, Dunning wants to create several Giant moving statues in cities across the world.
You read that correctly. Androgynous figures that stand atop a platform that range anywhere from 10 to 30 stories tall (or higher) and look down upon the city they are in. Primarily during the day, the giant serves as a tourist attraction where visitors will pay roughly $15 to tour the base (which will have a sort of cultural museum) as well as climb the tower and see the city from The Giant‘s point-of-view. At night, LED lights circle the figure letting it become whomever the city wants it to be.
I am serious. The Giant can turn into literally anyone. Dunning wants each city that purchases one of these figures to program it to reflect their culture and heritage. For example, London’s Giant might take on the look of Sir Elton Jon, Hugh Grant or even Queen Elizabeth. And those images can change throughout the night on a rotating basis. The figure is made from primarily recycled wood products and is designed in a way to let wind pass through the body, thus being sustainable to harsh weather conditions.
The video above will give you a better idea of what this is all about. If you’re willing to pay an extra $10 on top of the admission fee, your face can be placed on The Giant. Even more interesting, these figures will have full head tilt movement abilities so it can look around and even down on the crowd. And yes, the arms move as well to form “yoga poses.” Dunning is currently in talks with four cities around the globe to get Giants set up, with an end goal of having them in as many as 20 cities.
This will be a tough sell as each one of these will cost between $10-to-$30 million/Euros to build. Currently they are looking for cities around the world to partner with. There are dozens of possibilities for its use, including corporate sponsorship to yearly festivals like New Year’s Eve. The question is, would you want a Giant in your city?
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