Friday, May 8, 2015

Willard Wigan's Microscopic Sculptures

Willard Wigan is a talented artist who creates the most amazing micro sculptures in the eye of a needle, which can only be viewed through microscope. He  uses a surgical blade to carve his microscopic figures out of rice, grains of sand and sugar, homemade tools such as a shard of diamond attached to a pin for cutting or the wing of a dead housefly as a paint brush.

“It began when I was five years old,” says Willard. “I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”

His handmade miniatures are so minute that they are virtually could not be seen by naked eye. His artwork is referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” for which he was honored by HM. Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE. His work is owned by HRH. Prince Charles, Sir Elton John, Sir Philip Green, Lord Bath, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell to name a few. 

Willard creates this incredible pieces in a meditative state which slows down his heartbeat, reducing hand tremors allowing him to sculpt between pulse beats. He mostly works through the night as the reverberation caused by outside traffic can affect and even destroy Willard’s work. "There are times when I've inhaled my work," he told The Huffington Post. "There are artworks still inside of me."