The Ziggy Stardust Life Mask – by Erick Erickson
About this piece: Created by artist Erick Erickson from an original cast. This enhanced Ziggy Stardust (1971-1973) mask was inspired by the concept album of an alien rock superstar THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS (1972) David Bowie.
This life mask is an actual cast taken from the face of David Bowie that has been reconstructed to make a tribute to Bowie as his persona Ziggy Stardust.
The facial surface of Bowie has been preserved to show every pore. Also, the mask has been built out and up with stylized hair added to create the complete Ziggy Stardust. The detail is amazing and ranges from the shaven eyebrows of the alien to the Bowie teeth set in the mouth that can be seen if you look closely. In Hollywood, life masks are made to create special makeup effects for the movies. The makeup artist layers special moulding material directly on the star’s face. The celebrity must sit very still as the GOOP hardens on their face, usually breathing through straws stuffed in their nostrils. When pulled from the face the artist then pours plaster into the mould. This creates a positive exact image of the star’s face in 3 dimensions. See and touch every unique detail of the person. It’s like having them there with you. It’s fun to study every pore, wrinkle, scar or blemish of David Bowie!
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