Life-size Churchill sculpture takes center stage at Blenheim Palace
Dressed in tailor-made clothing by the original tailors of Winston Churchill, this is the closest you will ever meet to meet Winston Churchill.
An all-new life-size sculpture of Winston Churchill has been unveiled as part of a new exhibition at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire dedicated to Churchill’s long-standing association with his birthplace and ancestral home.
How was the sculpture made?
Created by an internationally renowned sculptor Jethro crabb, the bust was first carved in clay. The sculpture was then covered with silicone to make a mold and filled with a special wax formula.
The final step involved artist Sue Day painstakingly inserting individual hair follicles into the scalp and carefully coloring the face, before the life-size figure was put together and dressed.
In order to make the finished silhouette as realistic as possible, the designers reached out to Churchill’s original tailor, hat, eyewear and shoemakers to provide him with authentic bespoke clothing and accessories, made to his own measurements.
The history of Blenheim Palace
The birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site in Oxfordshire, UK. It has been home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1705. During Churchill’s lifetime he spent much time at Blenheim Palace as it was the home of his cousin and close friend, the 9th Duke of Marlborough.
Blenheim was one of Churchill’s favorite places to relax. It was also there that he proposed to his beloved wife, and his rich military history was a great inspiration for Churchill’s political career.
Blenheim Palace sits on over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds and was designed by Vanbrugh in the Baroque style. It was funded by Queen Anne, on behalf of a grateful nation, following the first Duke of Marlborough’s triumph over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.
Learn more about the Churchill exhibition
The life-size figurine will be in the spotlight in the new Churchill Exhibition. The exhibit will feature a mix of never-before-seen historical artifacts and new technology, documenting key aspects of Sir Winston Churchill’s life. Using photographs, letters, artifacts and excerpts from his most famous speeches, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in all aspects of Churchill’s life and work.
Watch the video above to see the artists create this amazing sculpture.