Meet the woman who is creating figures of the famous for Dublin's newest cultural space the National Wax Museum.
The soon to be opened National Wax Museum housed in the old Plaza Cinerama at Granby Row in Dublin, has taken four years to create. June Jackson from Rathdrum in County Wicklow has produced most of the wax models for display in the museum.
A keen artist, June became involved in making wax figures when she met Patrick Fagan, the man behind the wax museum in Dublin.
The museum is to have 100 figures in 13 sets. These will include Irish historical and contemporary figures as well as famous and infamous international figures. Visitors can expect to see figures from the arts such as Seán O'Casey, Siobhán McKenna and John B Keane, alongside political figures like Arthur Griffith, Jack Lynch and Margaret Thatcher.
June explains the process involved in making a waxwork.
The process starts, in clay, the head or the hand is carved in clay, or sculpted in clay, and then a plaster cast is made of it, and sometimes we use rubber.
She is currently working on a figure of Pope John Paul II who she plans to depict with his hands raised.
The wax works have real human hair sourced from a special supplier in London and teeth used come from same supplier used by dentists. Some figures require a lot of hair and a wax interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ was very expensive to produce.
June’s work will not cease when the museum opens as she will be expected to continually add new figures to the collections on display.
This episode of 'Ireland's Eye' was broadcast on 21 February 1983.