Friday, October 01, 2010

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf- The Tortured Captive

What happens when you have a wax figure that you no longer want? Do you melt it down? Auction it off? No, you reuse it in a tableau that probably has nothing to do with the figure's original purpose and theme. Here we see what once was a wax reproduction of Michelangelo's sculpture, The Captive, reused as a torture victim in the Chamber of Horrors at the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. The poor figure now has branding marks, and dripping blood on its body. At least the figure matches the scene this time. Though it's unfortunate that they had to mark up and modify the wax body.

A closer view of the figure. Michelangelo did a great job showing the torment and pain in the body language of the captive.

The blindfolding of the victim adds another level of depth to the agony. The poor man is unable to stop the branding iron from searing his body.

Visit the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf website here.

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