Willard Wigan MBE
Willard Wigan began his artistic life at a tender age, creating art of such minute proportions that it virtually could not be seen with the naked eye.
Willard’s micro-sculptures are now so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head. The personal sacrifices involved in creating such wondrous, yet scarcely believable pieces are inconceivable to most. Willard enters a meditative state in which his heartbeat is slowed, allowing him to reduce hand tremors and sculpt between pulse beats. Even the reverberation caused by outside traffic can affect Willard’s work. Consequently, he often works through the night when there is minimal disruption.
His artwork has been described by many as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Such accolade resulted in him being honoured by HM. Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his services to art, which was presented by HRH. Prince Charles in July 2007.
You'll be able to see more of Willard's work in Birmingham where his work is on display at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter until the 28th October. Willard Wigan MBE: In The Eye of The Needle will showcase 21 miniature works from his collection which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Many of the artworks have never been seen in Birmingham before, including the world’s smallest Pair of glasses on a pin head, Hattie McDaniel from Gone with the Wind, and Fred Hammond the Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer.
Alongside the new pieces, visitors will be able to see some of Willard's most popular sculptures which include 'Evolution (from ape to man)', 'The Last Supper', 'Christ the Redeemer', 'Gold Galleon on a pinhead' and the Guinness World Record holding sculpture 'Golden Voyage' - a motorbike carved from specs of gold inside a hollowed out human hair.
The artist has also designed a bear for The Big Sleuth trail which is on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from. The bear has a surprising secret that visitors will need to discover when they visit.