The tiny world of Willard Wigan

They say it’s the little things in life that mean the most.

Prince Albert
Prince Albert

If this is the case, then the sculptures of a Mr Willard Wigan must mean a hell of a lot.

The mouse from the Tailor of Gloucester story
The mouse from the Tailor of Gloucester story

The ‘microscultpor’ creates sculptures so teeny tiny that they can only be viewed thorough a microscope.

Four glamourous ladies in the eye of a needle, representing the Cinderella story
Four glamourous ladies in the eye of a needle, representing the Cinderella story

Ten of Wigan’s microsculptures are to go on display at the University of Staffordshire this week, including a piece inside a watch by Swiss watchmakers Greubel-Forsey, which has developed a special system of lenses for viewing the little artwork.

Having a peek at the tiny creations
Having a peek at the tiny creations

And while these sub-Borrower artworks are no Venus de Milo, you’d surely have a heart of stone not to raise a smile at the sight of three little piggies trundling along in a golden car with the big (or in this case, very small), bad wolf.

Three pigs in a car
Three pigs in a car

The exhibition, entitled Art Meets Science, will also be showing Wigan’s tiny tribute to the Royal Engagement, Will and Kate; as well as the world’s smallest guitar, which is getting its first ever public outing at the show.

Scissors on an eyelash
Scissors on an eyelash

Previous works have included infinitesimal imitations of the Obama family, who Wigan chose to place in the eye of a needle, Marylin Monroe on a diamond, The Simpsons and tableaux of The Last Supper and a historically dubious scene of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Woodpecker on an eyelash
Woodpecker on an eyelash

Art Meet Science will be on display from 16 – 22 March at the Staffordshire University’s Science Centre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10

Tiny trees in the eye of a needle
Tiny trees in the eye of a needle

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