Tupac Shakur Immortalized In Wax At World-Famous Madame Tussauds
Tupac Shakur, the rap world’s greatest figure, will now be immortalized in wax at the world-famous Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas at the glorious Venetian Hotel. The brand new sculpture will be part of the “Tupac Eternal” exhibit that is the latest contemporary addition to the gallery. The statue and exhibit will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at a special ceremony commencing at 11:00 A.M.
The wax portrait of Tupac is being sculpted by Jeni Fairey of The Tussauds Studio London, who has previously worked on Beyonce for the museum. The sculpture will be based on the now-iconic image of a shirtless Tupac sporting a bandana and proudly displaying his tattoos.
The Tupac wax figure has been created from hundreds of photographs and measurements provided to Madame Tussauds by Ms. Afeni Shakur. Each of Tupac’s tattoos will have been redrawn and individually hand-painted onto the sculpture. The finished effigy has taken months to complete, involving more than 700 hours of work and over 330 pounds of clay. The entire wax figure will weigh approximately 55 pounds. To place Tupac in his own environment and make the “Tupac Eternal” exhibit a complete sensory immersion, Madame Tussauds is attempting to obtain the rights to use some of 2Pac’s music through Interscope Records and Universal Music Publishing, which will add a further layer of reality to the unique “Tussauds experience.”
To commemorate the historic 10th Anniversary of Tupac’s passing, Madame Tussauds is considering sending the new wax figure on its own world tour later this year. Once it has been viewed at the Las Vegas museum, the sculpture is destined to travel to the galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London before it will be exhibited at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) in Atlanta for a full month. The figure is scheduled to arrive at the Center by the end of this memorial year.
Tupac Shakur has consistently been the celebrity most requested to receive a wax tribute from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum. The sculpture’s unveiling arrives nearly ten years after Tupac’s death in Las Vegas and it will be exhibited for 300 years to come.