Dallas, Texas

The 30-foot-tall giant eyeball sculpture

Sitting atop a 30-foot hat rack, there is the 10-foot high, 20-foot long, two ton bowler hat (derby) just south of downtown Dallas.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Mirror Maze, Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax, Grand Prairie

Human or wax statue?

Human or wax statue?

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James Madison was called the 'Father of the Constitution' and author of the United States Bill of Rights. James Madison, Jr (March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836) served as the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817).

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801-1809).

George Washington (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789-1797) and presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution.

John Adams (October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States (1797-1801), having previously served as Vice-President of the United States under George Washington. On Tuesday, July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died at his home. His last words were "Jefferson survives". Adams and Jefferson are the only two Presidents to die on the same day.

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 - April 17, 1790) was an author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat. He is known for inventing the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove. As the British postmaster for the colonies, he was able to set up the first national communications network. In July 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the United States Post Office and named Franklin as the first United States Postmaster General.

The Making of a Wax Statue, Step 1

Often a profile template is made from research photographs to make certain all facial features of the sculpture maintain the exact proportions as the original face. The sculptor then creates the basic likeness by using either oil or water base clay.

The Making of a Wax Statue, Step 2

A multiple piece plaster mold is made of the clay sculpture. The clay is removed from the mold and discarded and the mold is cleaned and reassembled. Then a mixture of molten wax is poured into the mold. When cool, the cast is carefully removed.

The Making of a Wax Statue, Step 3

Small imperfections in the wax cast are repaired, casting seams are removed, and additional details are sculpted. By using special tools, the sculpter inserts surgical glass eyes and porcelain teeth through the hollow inside of the cast. The proper alignment of the eyes is extremely critical in order to give the final sculpture the appearance of 'life'.

The Making of a Wax Statue, Step 4

Human hair of the correct color and texture is chosen. Each strand is implanted into the slightly warmed wax of the scalp or face.

Leonardo da Vinci

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is the founder of modern nursing and the author of Notes on Nursing: What it is, and what it is not 1860.

Gandhi and Mother Teresa

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was also known as Bapu (Father). Gandhi employed nonviolent civil disobedience to lead India to independence in British-ruled India. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, but above all for achieving self-rule. Eventually, in August 1947, Britain granted independence, but the British Indian Empire was partitioned into two dominions, a Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan. Gandhi was assassinated 30 January 1948.

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