Monday, June 28, 2010

Canadian Wax Gallery- Exterior

120 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta, Canada
The Canadian Wax Gallery was located in the historic Cascade Dance Hall in Banff Alberta, Canada. The building dates from 1921, and was converted to the wax museum in 1963. The building is still standing, but the wax museum has long left its halls.

As you can see, the museum displays the most famous name in wax museum history.

The sign of the Canadian Wax Gallery. The museum focused on the history of Canada, as well as the United States and general world history. I don't have the year the museum closed, but it lasted at least through the late 1970s and perhaps into the 1980s. Now restaurants and shops share the facility in what seems like a very busy street.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Madame Tussauds D.C.- East Coast Meets West Coast


Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls (aka Notorious B.I.G.) have re-united for the first time – in wax – on Tupac’s birthday. The figures are on loan from Madame Tussauds New York for three months. During that time, fans will have the opportunity to take photos and get up close and personal with the incredibly lifelike figures.

Biggie’s figure was created from extensive research. Studio artists studied hundreds of photos and hours of video footage to create Biggie’s wax likeness, which dons a white three-piece suit, white hat and white shoes. The figure, which is standing with one hand in its pocket and the other hand resting on a gold and wood cane, garnered approval and praise from Biggie’s mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, who has seen her son’s figure.

Tupac and Biggie are widely recognized as two of the greatest hip hop artists and rappers of all time. Their influence on and absence from the hip hop community can still be felt today – more than a decade after their tragic deaths. At Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., their figures will be displayed together for the first time in the attraction’s Glamour Room.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's D.C. website here.


Monday, June 07, 2010

Madame Tussauds Vegas- Sylvester Stallone

Here's the wax figure of world famous action star Sylvester Stallone. Not displayed as Rocky or Rambo, instead Madame Tussaud's has dressed him in a suit. This fits in with their Hollywood party theme of this section of the museum.

A close up of the figure. Stallone sure looks good for his age.

Another shot from the side.

Visit the Madame Tussaud's website here.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Palace of Living Art- Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa

Here's a shot from the Palace of Living Art showing Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa. We see him with his model Lisa del Giocondo, and with the painting. Da Vinci spend many years working on the painting and it his become arguably his most famous work.

The figure of da Vinci. NOTE: The painting is a reproduction, and not the original.

Lisa del Giocondo posing for the painting.

A close up of the figure. Not exactly like the original, but a good likeness.

Visit the Palace of Living Art in San Fransisco here.

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