‘Brazilian horror story’: internet melts down over sculptor’s peculiar waxworks

Images of Arlindo Armacollo’s figures went viral after users unearthed video report about their exhibition in church

The first household name Arlindo Armacollo smothered in beeswax was Mother Teresa. Then came Albert Einstein, Pope John Paul II and a string of global luminaries who the entrepreneur-turned-artist admired.

“It might look simple, but to achieve this richness of detail was hard work,” a local television reporter gushed during a 2015 visit to Armacollo’s waxwork collection in southern Brazil. “The artist wanted to capture the character as well as the soul of each person.”

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