As a bullied, dyslexic child Willard Wigan became fascinated by the activities of ants and upon fearing them homeless, started to create ant houses.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, inside the eye of a needle

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, inside the eye of a needle

 

 

He discovered he had a gift for minute sculpturing and went on to create the figures in the Friar Lane Gallery, that are the size of a single pinhead, out of rice, grains of sand and salt, using an eye-lash as a paintbrush. Not only are the results breath-taking but the process of their creation is literally so. Wigan works between heartbeats in a meditative state, suspending breath or else the pulse in his finger will cause a mistake, or worse… Just as he was putting Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, a piece that had taken him close to one month to make, next to Carroll’s other characters inside the eye of a needle he inhaled her and in a panic wiped out some of the other characters too.

 I think it is fair to say inhaling artwork is not a usual occupational hazard for most sculptors, but Wigan is exceptional in many respects. Nano-Scientists have expressed disbelief at his ability to create micro-sculptures just three times the size of a blood cell. His work has since been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world.

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