Mount Vernon has commissioned three wax figures of George Washington -- representing him at age 19, at 45, and at 57. British artists Sue Day and Stuart Williamson are doing the sculpting. Richard Pyle of the Associated Press has an interesting article about the project (The Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 20, 2006).
The life-size figures are part of an attempt to help counter the image of George Washington as the stiff and somewhat boring figure on the one-dollar bill.
And, yes, some people think it's funny that British artists are doing the job. I prefer to think of it as further proof that we well and truly buried that hatchet a long time ago...
hat tip: The Bernoulli Effect
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