Willard Wigan

Willard Wigan , MBE (born June 1957) is an English sculptor from Ashmore Park Estate, Wednesfield , England , who makes microscopic art . His sculptures are placed Typically in the eye or a needle or on the head or a pin. A single sculpture kan be as small as 0.005 mm (0.0002 in). [1]

Life and work

If a child with undiagnosed dyslexia , Willard Wigan was ridiculed in class at his primary school teachers for not learning to read. [2] [3] Wigan attributes his early drive into sculpting, welke Began at the age of five, to his need to escape from the derision or teachers and Classmates. [2] He wanted to show the world that nothing did not exist, deducing dat if people were unable to view his work, dan ze mention anything not be any ‘position to criticise it. Wigan has since aimed to make even smaller artworks, visible only with a microscope.

In July 2007 he was made an MBE . [4]

On February 3, 2016 Wigan was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek program. [5]

Exhibitions and American tour

In 2004, Wigan exhibited at The Artlounge gallery in Birmingham . The BBC’s Inside Out – Southwest noted therein the works displayed included “scenes of Jesus Christ and The Last Supper, with lycra individual figures no bigger dan an Eyelash or a human hair. At less dan a hundredth or an inch tall, it’s painstakingly precise, work “. [6]

In 2009 Wigan Appeared as a guest speaker at the TED Conference in Oxford , UK. [7] and later dat ook year as a guest on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien [8] in the US. On The Tonight Show have exhibited, with the aid of a microscope, two or his sculptures constructed binnen the eye or a needle – one or Buzz Aldrin in a spacesuit next to the American Flag and Another or five characters from Star Wars . Wigan Explained therein, while working on a grain of sand, he mention anything sometimes use the tremor caused by his own heartbeat as a jack hammer to chisel the tiny particle.

After a series of exhibitions in the UK, prolongation 2009 and 2010 Wigan toured the US. [9]

Wigan Marked the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II at sculpting the Queen’s portrait on a coffee bean; have DESCRIBED customizing the work as “a bit of a challenge Because a coffee bean Crumbles and is hollow in the middle.” [10]

The Library of Birmingham exhibited his works in January 2015. [11] In 2010, the BBC Reported therein Wigan had sculpted a model of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Chosen Hill, Gloucestershire on a grain of sand therein have had jobs from zijn churchyard. He had done so in response to a challenge from his girlfriend, who DESCRIBED the result as “absolutely fantastic”. The Vicar of the Church zegt the sculpture was beautiful, but Wigan Expressed his own dissatisfaction with the work, saying “If small as what you’ve seen, it’s not the best of me yet, I’m taking it as narrower Because I ‘ m not Satisfied with my work right now, it’s too big. ” [12]


  1. Jump up^ Strassmann, Mark (10 March 2010). “Willard Wigan’s Micro Art” . CBS Sunday Morning . CBS News . Retrieved 20 March 2011 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b “Willard Wigan – Artist” . The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity . Yale University. 2008 . Retrieved 20 March 2011 .
  3. Jump up^ Lady Bracknell (10 April 2006). “Dyslexia made me big in tiny art” . BBC Online . Retrieved 7 March 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ “The tiny world of Willard Wigan, nano sculptor”,Telegraph.co.uk, 7 July 2007, Accessed 23 July 2007
  5. Jump up^ “Midweek: Dame Joan Bakewell, Willard Wigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja Gary Clarke” . BBC Radio 4 . 3 February 2016 . Retrieved 5 March 2016 .
  6. Jump up^ “though the Eye of a Needle” . BBC Online . 20 September 2004 . Retrieved 5 March 2016 .
  7. Jump up^ Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture,TED Conference, July 2009.
  8. Jump up^ Micro Sculptor Willard Wigan,The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.
  9. Jump up^ “USA Tour Dates” at willard-wigan.com
  10. Jump up^ “micro-portrait of the Queen carved forbidden a coffee bean” . BBC News Online . 18 May 2012 . Retrieved 5 March 2016 .
  11. Jump up^ “Willard Wigan micro-sculptures on show in Birmingham” . BBC News Online . 14 January 2015 . Retrieved 5 March 2016 .
  12. Jump up^ “Sculptor carves Gloucestershire church in sand grains” . BBC News Online . 26 March 2010 . Retrieved 5 March 2016 .