"Madame Tussauds’ sculptor Dave Burks: l’m putting finishing touches to a new Madonna"

7 Mars 2013, 08:15am

Publié par MadonnaArtVision




Dave Burks, sculpteur chez Madame Tussauds, à qui l'on doit la statue Madonna, "Vogue MDNA Tour" était en interview pour Metro UK. Il relate son parcours et évoque une nouvelle statue de la reine de la pop. 


Ce qu'il confie à Metro...

"I studied at Wimbledon Art School, where I took a particular interest in figure sculpting, and Madame Tussauds just seemed the most obvious place to develop that and make it into a career. I initially worked as part of the figure maintenance team at the venue itself, which got my foot in the door, and I later became a figure-maker at a dedicated studio.


I began by learning to sculpt the bodies of various stars out of clay, including Bruce Willis and Snoop Dogg. The principal sculptors here then had to decide when I was ready to progress to sculpting heads from clay, which is the first step to creating a full wax figure. The first figure I sculpted from scratch was German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki – and that sculpture will always remain poignant for me. Now, as soon as I arrive at around 9am, I head straight to prepare the clay I am currently sculpting. As a senior sculptor, I’m not just responsible for my own figure but also 20 to 25 others that are at various stages in the process.


At the moment I’m working on a top secret project, which we’ll be revealing very soon. I’ve also been putting the finishing touches to the latest figure for Madame Tussauds London, which is Emma Watson, and to our most up-to-date figure for Madonna.


Before we sculpt a celebrity, we try to have a sitting with them, when we take photos from every angle and take down hundreds of measurements to make sure we get the dimensions just right. I particularly loved doing this with Alan Carr – his personality shone through at the sitting and truly inspired his figure’s pose. It’s trickier to capture the likeness of any person that we haven’t had a sitting with but we go by research and additional information from the star themselves and family members and can usually still get the figure spot on.


Alan Titchmarsh isn’t actually featured in the attraction any more but it is true that he was he was very popular with the ladies – cleaners had to wipe all the lipstick off his figure twice a week. The figure getting the most attention at the moment is George Clooney, who we introduced on Valentine’s Day after a poll of our guests revealed he would be their number one dream date. I can’t imagine doing any other job. I work with great people and I’m doing my dream job sculpting every day. The best thing is knowing how much people are enjoying my work."