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Steve Jobs comes alive at Madame Tussauds

Last updated on: October 4, 2012 13:54 IST

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To mark the first anniversary of his death, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has revealed a wax figure of legendary business man, inventor and technology pioneer, Steve Jobs.

The co-founder of Apple Inc and brain behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad was portrayed in his trademark relaxed style, wearing a black cotton turtle neck, Levi 501 jeans and New Balance trainers.

The pose shows Jobs with arms casually folded in front of him, head tilted slightly with a warm smile.

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Image: A sculptor works on the statue.
Photographs: Courtesy, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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The professional team of Madame Tussauds had also replicated a pair of Lunor spectacles which was custom made for Jobs.

The techniques used to create the figure are extremely technology free, using the same tools and methods first employed by Madame Tussaud herself over two hundred years ago.

The sculptors have anatomical knowledge to ensure every bone, muscle and tendon is replicated correctly according to the pose.

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Image: Team had also replicated a pair of Lunor spectacles.
Photographs: Courtesy, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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When the clay sculpture is formed, each strand of hair is inserted one by one into the wax head by hand using a forked needle.

Once complete, the hair is washed, cut and styled. Moreover, each iris is hand painted using gouache, and veining is added to the whites of the eyes with fine silk threads.

General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Kelly Mak was delighted to welcome the new figure to the attraction.

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Image: Attention is given to each and every detail.
Photographs: Courtesy, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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"Steve Jobs' inventions have changed the face of modern technology. He has inspired and influenced millions of people and undoubtedly deserves a place here. We are happy to give the public the opportunity to pay tribute to somebody who has helped shape their world," said Mak.

About HK$1,500,000 ($193,426) was spent to create the figure and a dedicated team of sculptors and hair and colour artists were working for three months to achieve an amazingly accurate likeness.

The figure will remain at the Historical and National Heroes attraction of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong until November 26, 2012, before travelling on to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and then Madame Tussauds Shanghai.


Image: About $193,426 was spent on the figure.
Photographs: Courtesy, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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