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FUN NEWS: Shoppers Mingle With Dead Celebrities

By Sophie Pettit 23 September 2015
Ever fantasised about going shopping with Coco Chanel, taking a selfie with Steve Jobs, or having a piano lesson with Mozart? Well now you can thanks to a fantastic new interactive exhibition at ifc shopping mall. Austrian creative troupe BIG NAMES has taken to the stage at the Oval Atrium to bring ten legendary figures from the past back to life. The impressive line-up of deceased celebrities includes Apple mastermind Steve Jobs, legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel, scientific pioneer Albert Einstein, and musical genius Mozart. [caption id="attachment_38287" align="aligncenter" width="657"]steve "Anyone know how to fix this thing?"[/caption] Curious shoppers can interact with the characters who are dressed in sophisticated costumes and make-up to create the illusion of living statues, each mimicking the behaviour and mannerisms of the legends who helped shape our society. [caption id="attachment_38291" align="aligncenter" width="720"]albert Need some help with your physics homework?[/caption] "We wanted to bring something new and different to shoppers that has never been seen before," the show's artistic director Radovan Michalov tells Localiiz. "This meant offering more than just living statues that you can see in cities around the world, so we created an exhibition which brings world-famous icons to the public where they can get to know them in a different way. "People will remember these historical figures more if they have the experience of meeting them, rather than just reading about them, so there's an educational element too. Where else can you meet all of these legends together in one place?" Come face to face with history at the exhibition which runs until October 13 (12pm to 7.30pm daily). Don't forget to post your pics on Instagram under the hashtag #ifcBIGNAMES, but watch out for that Coco - she'll spray you with No.5! Click here for more information, or take a sneaky peak at the video below.

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Sophie Pettit


Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.