The World’s Smallest Handmade Sculptures Fit in the Eye of a Needle
Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these sculptures that fit in the eye of a needle and on the head of a pin are simply stunning. The artist, Willard Wigan, uses a microscope to make his creations. He even makes his own little tools, including a brush from an eyelash. In the video below, he describes the time-consuming process involved and how he uses breathing techniques to be able to work in such a small environment. Wigan even shares a story of how this one backfired and he accidentally inhaled a Alice in Wonderland sculpture. He literally lives and breathes his art.
Wigan has two Guinness World Records. One is for the smallest handmade sculpture ever made. (He won this one by breaking his own record.) The other is for the smaller Statue of Liberty. Exhibits of his work come with microscopes in each gallery so everyone can appreciate the minute details. At the 2015 London premiere The ant Man, Wigan displayed a small sculpture of Ant-Man, along with some of his other appropriately sized artwork. He also met the Queen and presented her with a tiny replica crown on the head of a pin.
Wigan also does collaborations and fundraising. His most recent sculpture, that of the world’s smallest guide dog, raises funds for the training of guide dog companions. Some of his microscopic artwork is for sale on Wigan’s online store. Currently there is everything from a small version of the famous painting a girl with an earring for around $175,000 to a Golden Dragon worth just over $1 million.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, but still quite small, check out these coffee bean sculptures. And if you really don’t have the space, an artist sold an invisible sculpture, but it cost $18,000.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science and technology editor. She also leads “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.