Why Is There a Giant, Semi-Nude Statue of Jeff Goldblum In London?

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Londoners were both perplexed and amused when a giant, semi-topless statue of Jeff Goldblum popped up in a local park on Wednesday.

The larger-than-life statue is located in Potters Fields in front of the Tower Bridge. It stands over 9-feet high, nearly 23-feet long, and weighs 331 pounds. But why is it there?

Well, turns out the U.K. streaming service NowTV commisioned the structure to mark the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park in which Goldblum played chaos-theory mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm.

The statue, which took over six weeks and 250 hours to construct, was modeled after the famous scene of the actor lying on his side with his shirt open after breaking his leg during a Tyrannosaurus Rex attack. Over the years many memes and GIFs of his bare-torso pose have been shared via social media. The image became so popular that Funko even made it part of a line of collectible toys from the movie.

During an interview in March, Goldblum was asked about his character’s shirt being undone in that scene. “It’s supposed to be Costa Rica, right? So things are hot and I’m sure I’m in some sort of fever. All the logic is that we got to get some of these wet clothes off immediately,” he explained. “As I remember, I don’t think anybody fought me on that.”

The Apartments.com spokesperson reprised his role as Dr. Malcom in the fifth installment of the franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Goldblum has been busy the past few months. In addition to making an appearance in the summer blockbuster, the actor announced that he is releasing a jazz album through Decca Records.

Decca director of A&R Tom Lewis said in a statement, “As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. He’s a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy. If we can take Jeff’s music into people’s homes then we will be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place.”

In June, Goldblum was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 65-year-old was all smiles with his wife, Emilie Livingston, and their small children, Charlie Ocean and River Joe, by his side.

“What is the appropriate way to celebrate Jeff Goldblum Day?” he asked the crowd gathered outside the Hologram USA Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. “Get liquored up and then all go to my house for a pool party,” he joked.

The Pennsylvania native then gave a 15-minute speech and thanked those who helped him in his career from other actors to directors and producers. “You can’t get too full of yourself,” he said. “I am going to polish this star every day. I am so lucky and so grateful.”

His star is the 2,638th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961.