Since the start of the year, Shanghai-based sculptor Gao Xudong has been inundated with orders. He produces wax sculptures, a complicated process that requires him to cooperate with his colleagues at every stage of the operation. His love for art and deep interest in history enable Gao to instill a soul into his wax figures. While striving for perfection, he is constantly improving his own skill.
In the past two months, the company Gao works for has received 50 percent more orders than in the same period of previous years. With China currently experiencing a tourism boom, they are shipping statues and sculptures on a cultural and historical theme to museums and scenic spots across the country. And as cross-border traffic opens up, the company is also supplying the overseas market with its high-quality wax figures.