Close

Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    DF PwNagE dpSparhawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    7,063
    Thanks
    1,866
    Thanked:        2,647
    Karma Level
    828

    Default Unbelievably tiny sculptures

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Seen through a microscope, artist Willard Wigan's Betty Boop sculpture is so small that it fits inside the eye of a needle.

    Wigan's art requires intense concentration to perform such detailed work on an almost unbelievably small scale. Entering a trance-like meditative state, Wigan says he is able to slow his heartbeat, reducing hand tremors and allowing him to sculpt between pulse beats. The tiniest movements, even traffic on the streets outside, can affect the details of his art.

    Wigan's work is currently on a gallery tour around the US, and will be in Chicago in September and Houston in October. You can also see his work at the My Little Eye Gallery in London, and online.



    Shown here is Wigan's Lunar Landing.

    Working in such a tiny environment requires specialty tools and unique materials. Using instruments like brushes consisting only of a single hair from a dead house fly and a single shard of diamond attached to the head of a pin, Wigan paints and sculpts with materials including nylon, grains of sand, dust fibers, cobwebs, and human hair.



    In The Simpsons, Bart and Homer Simpson are depicted on the head of a pin.

    Working on such a small scale brings a unique set of problems to Wigan's art. Noise vibrations and dust particles in the air can interfere with the work. Static electricity is a major problem, and occasionally Wigan has accidents--like inhaling the entire sculpture!



    Incredible Hulk breaks through the eye of a needle.

    Wigan, now 51 years old, has been creating these miniature works since his teens. Depending on the complexity of the design, a typical piece takes about two months to complete.



    Mad Hatter's Tea Party is taken from a scene in Alice in Wonderland.



    Little Miss Muffet depicts a scene from the classic nursery rhyme, with an impossibly small spider.



    Shown is Wigan's microsculpture of Henry VIII of England along with his six wives.



    Shown here is Texas Longhorn Bull, by Willard Wigan.



    Wigan has created an itsy-bitsy Oscar. An actual Academy Award statuette weighs about 3.8kg and stands 34.3cm tall, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



    The artist Willard Wigan works on one of his microsculptures. His work can be seen at the My Little Eye Gallery in London, across from the British Museum.


  2. #2
    DF VIP Member
    Nibb's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Cymru
    Posts
    16,787
    Thanks
    559
    Thanked:        1,133
    Karma Level
    2127

    Default Re: Unbelievably tiny sculptures

    Tiny penis obviously!
    "Where you are is what you eat. When I'm in London I'll have beans on toast for lunch. On holiday — what? Tapas? Go on then I'll have a bit. You eat whatevers in that area"
    Karl Pilkington

  3. #3
    DF PwNagE ss30's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Oxford
    Posts
    5,070
    Thanks
    419
    Thanked:        649
    Karma Level
    552

    Default Re: Unbelievably tiny sculptures

    Quote Originally Posted by Nibb View Post
    Tiny penis obviously!
    LOL

    Not compared to the sculptures though

  4. #4
    DF Jedi Conkers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Out Here !
    Posts
    2,060
    Thanks
    62
    Thanked:        157
    Karma Level
    432

    Default Re: Unbelievably tiny sculptures

    As amazing as they are... what's the point?

    I looked at that last pic. of him and thought to myself.. "that's how he's spent 30 years of his life, what a waste"

  5. #5
    DF PiMP ming's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    england
    Posts
    402
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked:        8
    Karma Level
    171

    Default Re: Unbelievably tiny sculptures

    Quote Originally Posted by Conkers View Post
    As amazing as they are... what's the point?

    I looked at that last pic. of him and thought to myself.. "that's how he's spent 30 years of his life, what a waste"
    bet he makes more money than i do though......

Similar Threads

  1. Such tiny tiny detail.
    By dpSparhawk in forum Your Photos & Artwork
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29th August 2011, 04:17 PM
  2. Tiny tiny baby Jumping spiders
    By dpSparhawk in forum Your Photos & Artwork
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12th July 2010, 11:17 AM
  3. [NSFW] Ten Unbelievably Hot Ladies from Romania
    By B B Leo in forum Funny Pictures
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 21st May 2010, 07:01 PM
  4. 5 unbelievably cool research facilities
    By BertRoot in forum The Dog and Duck
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 6th February 2008, 12:23 PM

Social Networking Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •