Steve Jobs Wax Figure Set To Debut At Madame Tussauds
A wax figure of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is set to debut at a Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong next week, the LA Times reports. The figure was produced to coincide with the first anniversary of Jobs’ death, and will be unveiled September 27 before traveling to other locations in China.
The wax model, which cost almost $200,000 to create, was based on pictures taken of Jobs during a magazine shoot for Fortune magazine in 2006. His arms are loosely crossed, and he is wearing a pair of silver-rimmed Lunor glasses, along with his trademark black turtleneck, New Balance sneakers and Levi’s 501 jeans.
A team of artists spent three months working on the model. The most time-consuming part of creating the statue was the hair, which was inserted one strand at a time using a forked needle. Silk threads were used to create veining in the figure’s eyes.
The model will remain at the Hong Kong location until November 26. After that, it will travel to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Madame Tussauds Shanghai.
The first attempt to commemorate Jobs was made just days after his death. Gabor Bojar, founder of Graphisoft, a Hungarian company that develops architectural software, commissioned a bronze statue of Jobs. Bojar said Jobs helped support his company in its early days. The statue was unveiled 2 and a half months later in an office park in Budapest.
Steve Jobs passed away at age 56 of pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed eight years earlier, and announced his diagnosis to his employees in mid-2004. He stepped down as Apple’s CEO on August 24, 2011 and named Tim Cook, who had acted as CEO when Jobs went on medical leave the first time, as his successor. He died less than two months later on October 5.
[Photo credits: Madame Tussauds Hong Kong]