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The International Life Cast Museum is making life casts, archiving stories and designing exhibits for Holocaust Survivors.

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(3NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, YOUR DONATIONS MAY BE FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE, LESS THE VALUE OF ANY GIFT (REWARD) RECEIVED.

What is a life cast?

Holocaust Survivor Fred Manasse with alginate on his face
Holocaust Survivor Fred Manasse with alginate on his face

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.

Jeff Buccacio holds up the negative/mold that shows details of Fred's face
Jeff Buccacio holds up the negative/mold that shows details of Fred's face
Jeff fills the negative/mold with plaster
Jeff fills the negative/mold with plaster
Jeff holds up the Fred's life cast having just separated it from the mold
Jeff holds up the Fred's life cast having just separated it from the mold
Fred Manasse's life cast
Fred Manasse's life cast

What is the International Life Cast Museum?

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 Life Cast 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

Abraham Lincoln's life cast
Abraham Lincoln's life cast
Sir Isaac Newton's death mask
Sir Isaac Newton's death mask
Napoleon I death mask
Napoleon I death mask
Thomas Edison's death mask
Thomas Edison's death mask

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 .

This is the cast from the Harry Potter Movies. This ICLM exhibit was installed at the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown MA). Look closely at the black life casts and Braille labels; they are designed for touch, as would the Holocaust Survivor's.
This is the cast from the Harry Potter Movies. This ICLM exhibit was installed at the Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown MA). Look closely at the black life casts and Braille labels; they are designed for touch, as would the Holocaust Survivor's.

Although much of the International Life Cast Museum’s 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!

 

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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.

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