Per a piece from the Associated Press covering the new gallery, most of the figures at Dreamland are constructed using photo references alone, which explains how they come out looking like this:
Who’s the celebrity? We’ll give you one clue: His portrayal of Batman was almost as bad as his wax figure.
As the AP notes, the museum’s figures have been criticized on Twitter for looking absolutely nothing like their subjects.
Museum Vice President Michael Pelletz tells the AP that despite imperfections, he considers the figures to be works of art, and that online ridicule just serves as “a blessing” for attracting visitors.
“I’m proud of every single wax figure in here,” he said. “Some people love Picasso, some people don’t. It’s perception.”
The Picasso comparison seems like a bit of a stretch:
We’re guessing this is Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum?
How dare anyone disrespect Nicole Kidman like this?
In early August, the museum stirred up negative reactions for its Tom Brady figure.
The museum responded to the backlash in a Facebook post, defending the sculpture and inviting Brady to sit in for a measurement session.
“The only way to create a perfect rendition is for the artist to sit with the person and take over 200 measurements. That’s the only way the figure will be exact,” the post states. “Not too bad considering all we had to work with was a picture.”
Per the AP, though the museum is loving the negative attention, in the future artists will construct models only after they’ve actually worked with subjects one-on-one.