Fans now have a chance to meet Avicii once more. This time, however, he’s not playing nor will he be able to talk. The late Swedish DJ is the latest EDM star to be made into a wax figure for Madame Tussauds. He’s the latest attraction in their famous New York location. Wearing a cap and black-and-white plaid shirt, the figure depicts Tim Bergling (the DJ’s real name) in what was his natural state: playing music. With his ashy blond hair, fair skin, blue eyes, and even his arm tattoos, the waxwork accurately portrays the late EDM star. He’s even posing similarly to how Bergling used to pose in the middle of his electric sets in his many festival gigs and famous raves. One arm up and another focusing on the turntables. And within his area in the museum, his own music and memorable sets play from the speakers, reminding visitors of his EDM greatness.
In usual cases, the wax museum would work extensively with the subject in order to accurately depict them for the figure. However, they weren’t able to do that in Avicii’s case. They instead watched hours of the DJ’s performances during his lifetime. They mainly focused on the more recent years before his death. Furthermore, they got the approval of Bergling’s parents to get their late son’s likeness for their latest attraction. “It was honestly a real pleasure working with them,” shared Tom Middleton, the general manager of Madame Tussauds in NYC. He also relayed that the DJ’s parents helped with making the waxwork too. “They were fantastic. They were really involved and engaged every step of the way, from the initial conversations of ‘Yes, we would love to be able to do this to celebrate his life,’ all the way through to when the first clay sculpts were done, the first paint job and to the final product.” said Middleton. The Berglings also expressed their appreciation for Madame Tussauds in helping keep the memory of their late son alive. “We appreciate that Tim is being honored in this way and hope it will bring joy to everyone who loved him and his music,” they shared in an official statement.
Avicii passed away in April last year due to an apparent suicide. A relatively rare case in the EDM scene, it started an industry-wide conversation on mental health. Just recently, Armin Van Buuren shared a lot about his own struggles with his mental health. And the late DJ’s parents also built up a tributary foundation that mainly focuses on mental health. “We are setting up the foundation to focus preventative work for mental illness and suicide, we are also looking at threatened animals and nature which was Tim’s passion as well as climate.” Avicii’s dad Klas Bergling shared. The Avicii wax figure attraction is now open to the public in Madame Tussauds New York. Will you visit it? What do you think about Madame Tussauds immortalizing the late DJ through a waxwork? Share your thoughts and reactions in our comments section below!
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