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Wax Hugo Chavez for Cuban museum

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 - 01:22

July 30 - A self-taught family of wax figurine artists creates a life-size sculpture of Hugo Chavez to go on display at Cuba's wax museum. Tara Cleary reports.

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Cuban musician Compay Segundo, immortalized in wax. It's one of several sculptures in the Wax Museum of Cuba which includes replicas of Ernest Hemingway and Cuban Independence hero Jose Marti. Every piece in the space was created by Rafael Barrios and his two sons Leander and Rafael. Now the trio is working on another addition to the collection: a life-sized figure of former Venezuelan leader, Hugo Chavez. SOUNDBITE: Leander Barrios, wax figurine artist and creator of Hugo Chavez sculpture, saying (Spanish): "He has been a bastion for many countries and for Cuba as well because he had good ties to Cuba. He loved the Cuban people and I think everyone should identify with him because of what he created, what he did." Rafael Barrios says his sons have no formal training and learned everything from practical experience. SOUNDBITE: Rafael Barrios, wax figurine artist, saying (Spanish): "They did not study arts, plastic arts but they have researched fundamentally on the problems of anatomy, proportions and topics directly related with art." The museum, which houses 70 pieces made by the Barrios family over a 20 year period, will soon welcome the Chavez figure as number 71.

Wax Hugo Chavez for Cuban museum

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 - 01:22

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