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This South African Artist Is Working On Africa’s First Wax Museum

31-year-old South African artist and sculptor, Lungelo Gumede , discovered that African doesn’t have a wax museum like other continents in the world, this made him determined to bring to live the first of its kind in Africa .

Gumede is currently working on his goal, he wants to carve out a very different spot on the global map for South Africa’s coastal city, Durban.

On most days, he spends time in his studio, slowly molding the next likeness in his growing collection of wax statues.

This is what South African artist and sculptor, Lungelo Gumede, is determined to bring to reality .

Gumede wants to carve out a very different spot on the global map for South Africa’s coastal city, Durban.

On most days, he spends time in his studio, slowly molding the next likeness in his growing collection of wax statues.

Gumede says he has always had artistic leanings but that the wax and clay statues he now focuses on, have given him a true sense of purpose.

“My dream is about to come true, I’m about to achieve what has been my long time goal to actually start a wax museum, to invite people to come and experience the very same thing I experienced back in 2004 when I first went to the Madame Tussauds, to actually come up close and personal with their a-list celebrities, to their cultural leaders, to their historical figures and actually you know, because its more like a learning curve as well for people to actually come and learn about the history of our country, so it’s more educational and entertainment at the same place,“Gumede added.

The amazing artist is regularly commissioned by the government, private organizations, and individuals to create pieces, but the statues of icons like Nelson Mandela, Hugh Masekela, and Michael Jackson are privately funded and are being kept to eventually be exhibited in his museum.

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