I saw this guy on the news yesterday, working on sculpture that fits inside the eye of a needle. The English artist Willard Wigan works in-between heartbeats so that he doesn’t destroy the piece he is creating. He uses rice or grains of sand and a surgical blade to create his “micro sculpture”.
Artists are usually trying to get attention by going MASSIVE, so it’s good to see some small art getting attention too, even if it is ridiculously small art. They’re so small that he uses the hair from flies as a paint brush to decorate them!
There has been smaller sculptures created, but they were made with lasers. In 2001 Japanese scientists made a tiny sculpture of a bull that measured 10 micrometers by seven (a micrometer is one-thousandth of a millimeter). Wigan’s works is created by hand though.
Here’s some quotes from the micro sculptor..
Though my sculptures are quite small, it’s important for people to realize that I am life-size. Of course, at times, when I’m working on a piece, I might come to believe that I myself am microscopic. That’s how involved in my work I become. My tiny world becomes everything to me.
Let me tell you, it’s very difficult. Every movement I make is so small. I have to control my breathing and heartbeat – it’s not easy! I usually work at night and have to make sure the dog isn’t around.
Be original! Be creative! Be individual and make your mark