He’s been carving the faces of gravin celebrities for 20 years

Stéphane Barret, installé dans un atelier à Tours, travaille depuis une vingtaine d'année pour le musée Grévin.

workshop of Stephen Barrett There’s a former car garage, a workshop bathed in light filled with sculptures: a woman sitting on top of a door, hands clinging to a wall. And what attracts visitors is this wall where Dozens of wax faces lined up: Bruce Willis, Claude François or even Thomas Pesquet, ,It’s amazing, it looks like he’s alive”, marvels passing by during a tourangel workshop Doors open this Saturday, December 4.

Stephen Barrett’s workshop, located in the Velpeau district of Tours, was a former car garage. © Radio France

All the idols of these celebrities are displayed Gravin Museum, Stephen Barrett has coined no less 55 faces of personality For the Museum of Paris. “I’ve always sculpted, sculpted all my youth. My passion is to imitate. Whether people, animals, colors or shapes. I almost live for that!”

Claude François, Thomas Pesquet, Arturo Brachetti: Artists from Tours sculpted about fifty faces for the Gravin Museum.
Claude François, Thomas Pesquet, Arturo Brachetti: Artists from Tours sculpted about fifty faces for the Gravin Museum. © Radio France

“Looks like he’s alive!”

And behind the scenes, carving the face requires months of work, including Regular encounters with celebrities, “You can’t validate modeling without the final word of personality.” Stephen is soon to have a date with a high-level player, One world champion, to build a new statue, But for the time being his name is a secret. “I’m happy to meet her, it’s a universe I absolutely don’t know. For three months, I’m going to work on her face”.

“Prize de Tete” is a new, more personal exhibition by Stephen Barrett. © Radio France

Stephen Barrett also works in parallel on the individual creations he created for four years. About twenty sculptures are brought together in the exhibition “Prize de Tete”, which appears in his studio.

open doors raise it Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m., At 102 rue Deslands Inn Tours.

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