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Wax sculpture of Donald Trump turns heads at City Hall Plaza

(Steve Annear/Globe staff)
(Steve Annear/Globe staff)

A wax sculpture of President Donald J. Trump that was visible through the windows of the soon-to-be-opened Dreamland Wax Museum turned heads on Boston’s City Hall Plaza Wednesday.

But it wasn’t a political divide that had spectators talking.

Instead, they were split on this issue: Does the figure accurately depict the 45th commander in chief?

“The face on the picture I have on my phone is more, like, slim, and more full,” said 12-year-old Raichel Berman, who was visiting from Arizona with her parents and younger sister, Inessa.

“In that,” she said, pointing at the statue, “it’s more, like, small. It goes with the body of the wax, but it’s doesn’t go with what he looks like.”

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Berman, who meticulously examined the differences between a picture of Trump on her phone and the wax figure before her, wasn’t the only one who felt that the president’s head looked a little, well, different.

Her mother, Abbe Berman, said Trump better resembled a late Massachusetts Democrat.

“It looks like [Senator] Ted Kennedy,” she said, laughing. “The more you look at him. His face looks more like Ted Kennedy.”

Michael Pelletz, vice president of sales for Dreamland Wax Museum, which is scheduled to open later this month, said the wax figure of Trump was put on display for the Fourth of July holiday, when visitors from all over the world descend on Boston.

It disappeared shortly after a Globe reporter stopped by to see the curious reactions to its sudden appearance.

While the museum had the sculpture on display (a teaser of sorts, according to Pelletz) people were stopping dead in their tracks to get a good look at it, snapping “selfies” and posing in front of the artwork.

“The reaction has been — nothing political has been said about the figure — they’re just really amazed by how life-like it looks,” Pelletz said. “Love him or hate him, he’s here, he’s our president, and I’m just amazed at the artwork that went into this.”

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Love and hate are both strong words. But people were clearly divided into two camps as they pondered the faux Trump and his wavy blond hair on Wednesday before he went away.

Edwin Arango, of East Boston, who took a photo of his friend in front of the sculpture, was impressed.

“When I saw him, I said, “Oh, my God, the president is here,” said Arango. “Looks good.”

Not everyone was convinced, however.

“I think his face in real life seems longer,” said Tom Walsh, a Trump supporter. “When I look at him on TV, his face is longer, I think, and not as chubby-looking. I think his face looks thinner.”

Pelletz, the museum spokesman, said no two sculptures used by the museum are alike. And if this particular one seems “skinnier,” it’s because at different times in Trump’s life, he’s been that way.

He said the next time people will see the Trump replica will be in the museum’s version of the Oval Office, when the exhibit finally opens.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.