Danny Breslin

How it is…

Willard Wigan

There are some massive sculptures around the world, works of art that just blow you away: you think of Nelson’s Column in London, Mount Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty in the United States, Peter the Great in Russia, the African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, more giant statues of Buddha than you shake a stick at across Asia including of course the big daddy of them all: The Spring Temple Buddha in China.

All very impressive, but what impresses me just as much, perhaps even more, is when you go to the other end of the scale and when you are talking about small sculptures you are talking about Willard Wigan. Mr Wigan is from Birmingham, not far from where I sprung up, and he has spent the last ten years creating micro art I suppose you’d call it. He creates figures so tiny they fit in the eye of a needle – literally – and yet are perfectly formed. You know that bit in the Bible about how hard it is getting a camel through the eye of a needle? Willard Wigan managed to get nine camels in there!

Courtesy Willard Wigan

Courtesy Willard Wigan

For his latest and possibly greatest work, he shaved his face and took a tiny bit of stubble, hollowed it out and turned a tiny flake of gold into a motorcycle that measures only 3 microns. I cannot get my head around it, he works with a microscope and paints with a hair taken from a fly’s back! You think I’m joking? Check this out!

Have a look at his gallery: http://www.willard-wigan.com/gallery.aspx


May 2, 2013 - Posted by | Stuff and Nonsense | , , , , ,


  1. Amazing! Unbelievable! Thank you for pointing to his website. I hope you are doing better now – back and er, all…!

    Comment by mj | May 2, 2013 | Reply

  2. Oh my God Danny! Thank you for this post, I’ve never heard of Willard before and I checked his work out! He’s a genius! 🙂

    Comment by Seyi sandra | May 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. Mind. Blown.

    Comment by john zande | May 2, 2013 | Reply

  4. That’s incredible!

    Comment by Clowie | May 2, 2013 | Reply

  5. That is one patient artist, I bet with a remarkably steady hand too!

    Comment by marina kanavaki | May 2, 2013 | Reply

  6. Holy wow! That is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen!

    Comment by Katelyn | May 3, 2013 | Reply

  7. Great, thank you for the post

    Comment by balitravelholidays | May 3, 2013 | Reply

  8. Wow! This is freaking incredible. I can barely draw a stick man with a crayon and this guy paints with a hair off a fly’s back? I’m simply stunned. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Perry James | May 10, 2013 | Reply

  9. too cool!… wait a fly hair? er….. um…. well…… a fly hair? wow!!!

    Comment by colliesofthemeadow | June 1, 2013 | Reply

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