By the end of this year Barbados could have its first wax museum.
The 3D Photography studio of Frances Ross, Dawn Pallard and one other partner who asked not to be identified is planning soon to open the Caribbean Wax Museum on the south coast.
One of the partners noted that they had been hoping to open the business, featuring numerous Barbadian and Caribbean icons for Crop-Over, but some unforeseen circumstances forced them to push the date back a bit.
The partner said they were hoping to open by the end of the year.
“The plan is to open up this business on the south coast. We ran into a couple of snags we can’t disclose…, but we are forced now to seek additional funding to open our doors before Christmas and we are changing our direction. We have many Caribbean stars but we are going to put a few more Barbadian stars in there before we open up to appeal to a Barbadian audience as opposed to a Caribbean wide audience as was the original plan,” said the spokesperson at the Barbados Networking Consultation.
He said that the funding should hopefully be forthcoming within a matter to months to enable them to put the finishing touches on the project.
There was a wax sculpture of rapper and actor, LL Cool J, who is said to have Barbadian roots, in the halls of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for the Diaspora Conference.
But the partners said the sculpture was just one they had put together rather quickly in time for the conference, adding that they were also going to feature Bajan international recording superstar Rihanna, among others.
“We need to put one or two other Barbadian and other Caribbean faces in there as well. We will have Rihanna Fenty, Selma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Irving Burgie, Harry Belafonte, Cicely Tyson who is from Nevis. These are people who have shaped the face of Caribbean people in Hollywood,” he said.
“We have Errol Barrow, Tom Adams, we will put Dame Nita in there. The idea is to make it as interesting to Barbadian people as possible and then to tourists,” the spokesperson said. (LB)