Art in Miniature
Nano-artist Willard Wigan
lives in Jersey, UK, and
creates the world’s tiniest
art, working late at night,
and timing his movements
Much of his art is created to fit
within the eye of a needle, as
this gold Statue of Liberty.
From being a traumatized and
unrecognized dyslexic child, he is
now emerging as the most globally
celebrated micro-miniaturist of all
time and is literally capable of
turning a spec of dust into a vision
of true beauty.
Willard can create a masterpiece within the eye of a tiny sewing needle,
on the head of a pin, the tip of an eyelash or a grain of sand. Some are
many times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Marilyn Monroe on a Diamond
Elvis on the Head of a Pin
Wigan, who is completely self-taught
has baffled medical science and
been the subject of discussions
among micro-surgeons, nano-
technologists and at universities
Frankie Dettori riding
Dubai Millennium on a pinhead
Cassius Clay (later know as
Muhammad Ali) vs. Sonny
Liston….the entire boxing ring
barely larger than a
Wigan’s smallest sculptures can
only be measured in thousandths
of an inch which is why they can
sit, very delicately, on a A cat climbs a cat whisker
human hair three thousandths of
an inch thick.
A girl with a red balloon walks
along an eyelash, supported
by a needle.
in the eye of a needle.
The Last Supper
in the eye of a needle
Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs (note the
witch with the apple, above
the eye of the needle).
Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle, and
the Darling family children,
John, Wendy, and Michael
(with Teddy Bear)
on a small fish hook.
Wigan’s work is ground-breaking - partly because of the astounding beauty of
vision which challenges the belief system of the mind and partly because it
demonstrates that if one person can create the impossible, we all have the
potential to transcend our own limiting beliefs about what we are capable of.
The Wizard of Oz
Cast: Dorothy, the
Cowardly Lion, the
Scarecrow, the Tin
Man, Glinda, and
the Wicked Witch
of the West.
Zeus, on a Grain of Sand
atop the head of a pin.
Rodin’s The Thinker
on the head of a pin.
When working on this scale Wigan slows his heartbeat and his breathing
dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonize his mind, body and
soul with the Creator. He then sculpts or paints at the centre point between
heartbeats for total stillness of hand.
Michelangelo’s David, front and rear views, on the head of a pin.
Solid gold clipper ship on a crystal,
compared to the size of a needle.
The Titanic on a glass granule
mounted on the tip of a needle
Wigan likens his artistic
process to quot;trying to pass
a pin through a bubble
without bursting it.quot;
The Tower Bridge in London.
and Henry VIII, with his six
wives (many of whom
spent time in the Tower).
22 kt gold dragonfly
perches on the
point of a needle.
Adam and Eve
carved in a graphite
of a Pin
on Grain of Sugar
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