Starting in June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will spend his days at Fisherman`s Wharf in San Francisco taking pictures with visiting tourists.
Madame Tussauds, the world famous London-based wax museum, unveiled a life-size wax figure of Zuckerberg on Wednesday as part of a promotion for the museum`s grand opening in San Francisco in June. The figure was unveiled alongside two other celebrity figures: actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and recording artist Rihanna.
Zuckerberg, shown barefoot and sitting lotus with a laptop, joins a handful of tech luminaries immortalized by Madame Tussauds in years past. His predecessors include Apple cofounder Steve Jobs and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
The Facebook founder won`t be the only tech figure at the museum, says Lauren Fahrer, marketing manager for Madame Tussauds San Francisco, but there`s a good chance he`ll be the most famous.
The figure, which took 20 artists between 3 and 4 months to create, is a life-size replica down to the last freckle, says Fahrer. The figure`s hair is real, took two weeks to complete and was inserted by hand, one strand at a time.
Typically, the artists ask their subjects to do a sitting where more than 200 measurements are made to ensure accuracy. In Zuckerberg`s case, the CEO was unavailable for a sitting — so artists had to construct the figure using only photos.
The figure features Zuckerberg in his signature hoody and jeans, complete with a Facebook shirt donated by the company, says Fahrer.
The museum opens on June 26 and should have more celebrities, politicians, and tech luminaries included, says Fahrer. For now, three`s a party — and in a tech town like San Francisco, Zuckerberg is the hottest attraction.