Amazing micro sculptures from Williard Wigan

After my previous post about  Swann Morton, on their website I stumbled across the work of  micro sculptor Williard Wigan and how he, for the first time in a while made me think ‘how the hell do you make that?’. I started to write a bit more about him,  then realised this excerpt from Wikipedia does it much better than I could. Thank you Wiki!

‘As a child suffering from dyslexia and learning difficulties, Willard Wigan struggled at school. He found solace in creating art of such minute proportions it could not be seen with the naked eye and therefore not be criticised. Wigan has since been on a quest to make even smaller artworks. His celebrated sculptures have recently become so minuscule that they are only visible through a microscope.

On average it takes Wigan about eight weeks to complete one sculpture and there is an enormous personal sacrifice involved in his working process. Because the works are so minute, the pulse of the artist’s finger could easily destroy the entire work. Wigan therefore has to control his nervous system to ensure he does not make even the tiniest movement. Wigan, when working, enters a meditative state in which his heartbeat is slowed, allowing him to reduce any hand tremors and work between heartbeats.

To carve his figures, Wigan uses surgical blades or hand-made tools, (some of which are custom made out of a sharpened microscopic sliver of tungsten), which he makes by attaching a shard of diamond to a pin. The sculptures themselves are made of a wide range of materials. Wigan uses for instance nylon, grains of sand, dust fibres, gold and spider’s cobweb, depending on the demands of the piece he is working on. To paint his creations, Wigan often uses a hair from a dead housefly, whilst making sure no flies are killed during the artistic process.’

Posted on Mar 25th 2010 by · Permalink
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