Willard Wigan

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Willard Wigan, MBE (born 1957) is a sculptor from Birmingham, England, who makes microscopic art. His sculptures are created in the eye of a needle or placed on the head of a pin. A single sculpture can be as small as 0.005 mm (0.0002 in)., Telegraph.co.uk, 07 July 2007, accessed 23 July 2007

Life and work

As a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, Willard Wigan was ridiculed in class by his primary school teachers for not learning to read. Wigan has since been on a quest to make even smaller artworks visible only through a microscope.

The subjects of Wigan's works range from popular culture to architecture. The sculptor often refers in his work to other artists and historical events. Amongst his most famous pieces are a minute reproduction of Michelangelo's David, carved out of a single grain of sand and a commissioned miniature version of the Lloyd's building in London. Wigan has recently created a miniature sculpture representing the Obama family and has carved a statue of astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the eye of a needle, in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing. Other works...
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