In the colonial days kings and queens used to commission their statues or portraits and believed that these would immortalise them. All leaders who hold a position of importance also have a portrait commissioned to stay remembered. What is it that is so special about a portraits and statues? Even though a photograph can capture every detail with utmost precision why it is that portraits and statues keep capturing our imaginations?
The answer is quite closely related to our love for traditions. Since, the pre camera days we were so used to the see great men immortalized in paintings and statues that we have inherently started associating pride and honour with portraits and statues. A statue is a royal presentation. It is a way of honouring great men and women of all times.
The Madame Tussads wax museums around the world continue to keep alive the traditions of honouring great men and women through statues. These life size statues are built out of wax by skilled artisans. Some of these statues even take years to complete. Almost all well known men and women of our times have been honoured at the Tussads through a wax statue. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to have your own statue among these giants at the Tussads? This was what I asked Joseph, may be this would inspire him to do well in life.
The section named as a walk through history was just exceptional. We saw statues of leaders and ordinary men and women who had played a crucial role in defining the history of South Asia and especially Thailand. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi was built to perfection and almost looked alive. Among contemporary leaders the statue of US president Barack Obama was the show stopper. The way these artisans capture the expressions in their statues is just commendable.
Finally my husband dragged us all into the sports section. I am not a big fan of sports but by son and his father are sport addicts whether it is cricket or football. They were just thrilled to
see their heroes immortalised in wax and paint in the galleries of Madame Tussads. The trip was a memorable and fulfilling one.