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Visitors at Mother's Wax Museum can get their own '3D selfies' now

Kolkata: Taking selfies with the wax figurines at Mother's Wax Museum (MWM) has been a craze among visitors at the New Town museum. Now, a visitor can get his/her own 3D selfie done at MWM.
The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has recently introduced this cutting edge technology, by which a person's face/head is scanned 360 degrees and a golf ball sized (slightly smaller) 3D sculpture is printed by a 3D printer. The finished sculpture is couriered in 48 hours, of course at a cost.
"The use of technology for 3D selfies is emerging as a fun element and the response from the visitors have been quite good," HIDCO chairman Debashis Sen said.
An agency had approached HIDCO with this concept and it has been accepted. The finished sculpture comes at a price of Rs 2,000 (including courier charges). The process is done adjacent to the souvenir counter at MWM and the interested person only has to sit in a chair for the 3D selfie.
MWM, the first of its kind in Eastern India, has recorded a staggering footfall of 6 lakh people in February, since its inauguration three years ago.
Being situated close to the hugely popular Eco Park, many people who come there also visit Mother's Wax Museum.
The souvenir shop in particular is very popular, from where people can buy exclusive souvenir and memories. Various types of t-shirts and caps are also sold in the shop.
The museum is divided into several sections, which include wax statues of famous people from the world of entertainment, noted scientists, novelists, personalities and cricketers.
"The sports section is the most popular, where one can get to see the statues of great cricket personalities like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and present Indian skipper Virat Kohli," a HIDCO official said.
The fantasy section, which include statues of Chota Bheem, Doraemon and Spider Man, has become very popular among the children.

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