Madam Tussauds Museum is possibly the most popular museum in the world. Not only because of the cities it is placed in, but because of the people it has immortalised in wax. The perfection and accuracy of the amazing wax statues of the most loved celebrities, powerful world leaders, scientists, sportsmen and artists attracts crowds from across the continents. Madame Tussauds London is located in the Marylebone neighbourhood of the city inside the former London Planetarium building.
At this museum you will find wax sculptors of celebrities like – Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Willis, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, David Cameron, Amy Winehouse, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King, The Beatles, Adele, David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Sachin Tendulkar, Barack Obama, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Rihanna, Charles Dickens, Johnny Depp, etc.
The process followed by the artists and sculptors working at Madame Tussauds is quite extensive and it takes several days to create a life-size wax statue. Let’s examine this process step by step –
- Taking the Measurements – The designers take hundreds of measurements of the celebrity, from all possible angles. The final pose is decided and several reference pictures are clicked.
- Sculpting – The sculpting process is started by creating a life-size clay figure of the celebrity with all the accurate measurements. This figure can weigh up to 180kgs.
- The Moulding Process – Now, a mould of the head is created by using excellent quality wax. The head is the most important part of the sculpture and therefore it is crafted in a way that it can last for more than 250 years.
- Pouring the Wax – The wax is heated at extremely high temperatures and is poured into the mould of the sculpture. After a while, when the wax gets cold and hard, the extra wax is removed to get the shape right.
- Attaching the Hair – Expert hair-stylists source actual human hair, accurately matching the hair of the celebrity. They fix these hair strand by strand on the head of the sculpture. This process can take up to 6-7 weeks.
- Colouring and Adding the Final Touches – Talented makeup artists recreate the skin tone of the celebrity using several colours and oil paints.