THE ROYAL PARKS
written by: ELLA HICKSON
animated by: DANIEL ROCHE
with support from: THE ROYAL PARKS
"Giving voice to London's statues is a wonderful idea. I think of them like a gaggle of old friends playing hide and seek across the city. Finally they get the chance to talk back!”
J.M. Barrie lived close to Kensington Gardens and published his first Peter Pan story in 1902, using Kensington Gardens for inspiration.
The Peter Pan statue was erected in secret during the night and 'magically' appeared in the morning of 1st May 1912. In The Times Barrie placed this announcement: "There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree…”