- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2016

Some precision work in the nation’s capital: Madame Tussauds DC has completed preliminary clay head sculptures of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in preparation for the election, now less than 100 days off.

The White House victor warrants a full wax figure when the time comes. The museum will create the final statue of the 45th president just in time for inauguration in January.

“Everyone is discussing the presidential race right now. It is the most scrutinized election in recent memory,” said Therese Alvich, manager of Madame Tussauds, which is not far from the White House. “With hot button issues and polarizing candidates at the forefront of the race, this is a particularly fun year for us to participate in the tradition of making the next President of the United States.”

Studio artists built the two head sculptures on wire frames using Tussauds “signature” clay.

“Knowing how many eyes are diligently watching this election, made these clay sculpts even more exciting than usual,” said principal sculptor Stephen Mansfield, who also worked on Mrs. Clinton’s previous figure and then-presidential candidate George W. Bush in 2000. “Creating the Republican and Democratic nominees is one of our favorite traditions and I cannot wait to begin the final countdown of who we will see as a finished figure.”

The clay head sculpts of the winning candidate will be used to complete the elected figure in time for Inauguration Day.

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