THE HEART OF OUR MUSEUM - LIFE CASTS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
Thank you for taking the time to look at this! Our immediate project is to make
life casts of eight Holocaust Survivors, archive their stories in video and/or
print and make them presentable in formal displays for exhibition here, in the
Boston area, in early 2013.
BEFORE WE GET INTO DETAILS ON OUR PROJECT, WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT AS A 501c(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, YOUR DONATIONS MAY BE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE, LESS THE VALUE OF ANY GIFT (REWARD) RECEIVED.
What is a life cast?
Life casts involve the art form of
taking a cast impression or mold directly from someone’s face. This mold serves
as the negative, in which one of many materials can then be poured. The material used for this session is plaster. When the plaster solidifies, it is removed from the mold to become the positive copy
that is an exact duplicate of the face of the subject.
What is the International
As far as we are aware, private
collections exist, but no other museum in the world is devoted to the art of
life casting. The International
Museum is a 501c(3) not
for profit institution, devoted to all areas of this craft. Rooms in the museum
will house historical life and death masks, nature casts, fine art body casts,
life masks of entertainers in both movies and sports, a formal room showcasing
life masks of people who have made a difference helping others in society, a
traditional workshop, where one can make a face cast or a hand cast and a room
devoted to presenting the life masks and interviews of Holocaust Survivors.
A FEW SAMPLES OF OUR HISTORICAL CASTS
Touch copies will be made of many
of the museum pieces and displayed with Braille labels in front of many of the
casts so the visually impaired can more fully enjoy the exhibit. You can view some of the
collection on our web site at www.ilcmuseum.org
Although much of the International Life
collection is in place, its permanent home in Massachusetts is still a long range goal. With the state the economy is in, this ambitious goal will eventually find it’s
time and place, but for now, making life casts of Holocaust Survivor's faces and displaying them in formal, temporary galleries is a critical imperative.
Why exhibit Holocaust Survivors’
life masks at the Museum?
Survivors of such a horrific
event should have every available platform to share their stories and the
important messages they convey.
The diverse subject matter in the museum will draw a wide variety of
people who can learn from the valuable history lessons in the survivors' stories. The International Life Cast Museum is honored
to be a platform for these voices.
Why make life casts of Survivors?
In an age when we are inundated
with images on everything from our phones to the silver screen, one thing
remains the same. All the images, in all media, reproduced for our viewing
entertainment or education are two dimensional (flat) images. A life mask, however,
represents an exact copy of a face in the third dimension. It brings forth a
unique one-on-one experience in exhibition, when you view an imprint of
someone's real face directly in front of yours.
This intimate encounter is what
lies at the core of our campaign to cast survivor's faces. A photographic
portrait of the survivor with his/her story attached conveys the full picture of what a survivor looks like. However, adding a
life mask to an exhibited story literally freezes that Holocaust survivor's face throughout time, thus allowing the museum visitor to have a very up close
and personal impression of the story teller.
How you can help:
If you can contribute to this project, we will be most grateful.
Your donation will cover casting, interviewing and
creating displays for eight Holocaust Survivors and, soon after,
showcasing them for all to see in a formal gallery. If we raise more than what we need for the first eight, the funds will go towards
casting and interviewing more survivors.
If you are unable to donate to our project at this time, you can help by making others aware of our mission to find local (Massachusetts) Holocaust survivors who might like to have their life cast made.
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is to find Holocaust Survivors that are comfortable with the idea of having a life cast made from their face. Our life caster Jeff Buccacio is very confident with the process having spent years in Hollywood working in Special Effects for the movies. The first four Survivors to have their casts made with Jeff, were delighted with the process. As one can see from the photos above, a mask is applied to the face in two layers. The rubber material going on the skin is a seaweed based product, similar to have a fancy facial. If one felt uncomfortable with the procedure the mask can be removed quickly without issue.
SPONSOR A SURVIVORS LIFE CAST & EXHIBIT MODULE - All of the $250 gift, plus your name is on a small plaque on a Holocaust Survivors exhibit module, stating your contribution & support. Along with a tax deductible receipt letter.