Steve Jobs Gets 'Waxed' For Madame Tussauds
To mark the first anniversary of his death, Madame Tussauds has created the first wax figure of the legendary co-founder of Apple Inc.
The wax figure of Steve Jobs will be portrayed in his trademark style, sporting a black turtleneck, Levi’s 501 jeans, New Balance trainers, and a (replicated) pair of silver-rimmed Lunor spectacles (which was previously custom-made for Jobs).
His pose was inspired by the pictures taken for his famous Fortune Magazine front cover in 2006, which shows Jobs in a relaxed position, head tilted slightly with a warm smile, and arms crossed loosely over his chest.
The figure took sculptors, hair and color artists three months to create, and was made using technology-free techniques—instead, using the same tools and methods first employed by Madame Tussaud herself over 200 years ago.
Every bone, muscle and tendon was ensured to be replicated correctly according to the pose.
Each strand of hair was inserted one by one into the wax head, by hand, using a forked needle—and was washed, cut and styled to give it a nuance unique to Jobs.
Each iris was hand-painted using gouache, and veins were added to the whites of the eyes with fine silk threads.
The figure costs about US$200,000 and will be on display in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong from 26 September to 26 November 2012, before travelling to Bangkok and Shanghai.
[via Madame Tussauds]