Madame Tussauds unveils new wax figure of Steve Jobs

To mark the first anniversary of his death, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has revealed a new wax figure of legendary businessman, visionary inventor and technology pioneer, Steve Jobs.

The co-founder of Apple Inc. and brain behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad will be portrayed in his trademark relaxed style, wearing a black cotton turtle neck, Levi 501 jeans and New Balance trainers. The pose shows Jobs with arms casually folded in front of him, head tilted slightly with a warm smile. The professional team of Madame Tussauds had also replicated a pair of Lunor spectacles which is previously custom made for Jobs. The pose, inspired by photographs taken at the shoot for his famous Fortune Magazine front cover in 2006, shows Jobs with arms casually folded in front of him, head tilted slightly with a warm smile.

The techniques used to create the figure are extremely technology free, using the same tools and methods first employed by Madame Tussaud herself over two hundred years ago. The sculptors have anatomical knowledge to ensure every bone, muscle and tendon is replicated correctly according to the pose. When the clay sculpture is formed, each strand of hair is inserted one by one into the wax head by hand using a forked needle. Once complete, the hair is washed, cut and styled. Moreover, each iris is hand painted using gouache, and veining is added to the whites of the eyes with fine silk threads.

Madame Tussauds' Steve Jobs wax figure
Madame Tussauds’ Steve Jobs wax figure

Talented young inventor and CEO of technology company Chan Yik Hei, widely known as “Son of the Star”, visited Madame Tussauds Hong Kong to meet his idol – Steve Jobs. “I aspire to invent products that would propel technology development and improve people’s life. It is definitely not easy to make extraordinary contributions like Steve Jobs did, but I will work hard to reach this goal. Meanwhile, it is my great honor to be the first people in Hong Kong to pay tribute to the wax figure of Steve Jobs.” said Chan.

General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Kelly Mak was delighted to welcome the new figure to the attraction today. “Steve Jobs’ inventions have changed the face of modern technology. He has inspired and influenced millions of people and undoubtedly deserves a place here. We are happy to give the public the opportunity to pay tribute to somebody who has helped shape their world”.

The figure is costing HK$1,500,000 to create and a dedicated team of sculptors and hair and colour artists will work for three months to achieve an amazingly accurate likeness. The figure will remain at the Historical and National Heroes attraction of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong during 27 September to 26 November 2012, before travelling on to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and then Madame Tussauds Shanghai.

Source: Madame Tussauds


    1. Steve’s personality is currently being housed in the server farm in NC, so between that, and now Madame T’s contribution, the automaton Steve should be ready soon.

  1. “…head tilted slightly with a warm smile.” …I guess for Steve Jobs that IS a warm smile. :-]

    For the common man, a more accurate description would have been written as, “…head tilted with a slightly warm smile.”

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