CHICAGO, ILLINOIS --
Jose C. Vergara installs a placard in front of Julian Martinez's statue of Benito Juarez in the Plaza of the Americas on Michigan Avenue in Chicago on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Visitors can scan a QR code in order to listen to an audio recording attached to the statue, which is part of the Statue Stories Chicago.
Chicago is known for statues that speak to visitors with their lofty expressions, playful forms and enigmatic poses. Now, more than 200 of them will speak more literally with the wave of a cellphone. The project, being unveiled Friday, delivers two-minute cellphone calls from the statues' perspective. The monologues, which are written and performed by artists with roots in Chicago, aim to bring to life everything from the bronze image of Abraham Lincoln, to the lions guarding the Art Institute of Chicago to the 50-foot-tall Picasso in Daley Plaza.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The Wall Street Journal