Monday, August 31, 2009

Tiny Art Leaves Man Breathless

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One man’s teeny, tiny artwork literally takes his breath away.

Willard Wigan creates sculptures that are so itsy-bitsy, they’re invisible to the naked eye and must be looked at through a microscope.

His minuscule art, including a biker on a Harley, Henry VIII, and the Mad Hatter’s tea party, fit in the eye of a needle or the head of a pin and are mere microns in size.

To work, Wigan needs complete silence and concentration. In fact, not even breathing is allowed.

He sculpts between breaths, pulses, and heartbeats, because any vibration whatsoever will cause the delicate works to be ruined.

He gets in a “meditative state” that controls his whole body and tries not to accidentally “inhale” his art, which he has several times.

Wigan says his mini masterpieces are a reminder that everyone in this world is small.

The six-foot-tall artist owes his inspiration to ants, who he’d build bitty houses for as a kid.

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