Ordinarily, if your career's work can be contained in a ring box, you might want to reevaluate your station in life. Obviously sculptor Willard Wigan never measured success in that way. Wigan is a world famous as a micro-sculptor whose art is so small you need an electron microscope to see it. Some of his most recent work is no bigger than a human blood cell.
If the prospect of checking out a sculpture exhibit so tiny you can't actually see it with your own eyes appeals to you, then you'll want to check out Wigan's exhibit which opens today at the Midtown Gallery, 3252 NE First Ave. no. 105. In total, Wigan will present 58 pieces as part of the exhibit which runs through December 6--that is, if nobody sneezes and he loses a dozen or so sculptures.
Among the sculptures which you will need help identifying are Cameron Diaz, a tiny Mega Yacht, Little Miss Muffet and Cupid, which is being called the smallest piece of art ever created. Cupid measures 385.77 micron (equal to one millionth of a meter). Find out how small that is here.
Despite their size, Wigan's pieces cost big money, ranging from $25,000 to over $100,000. Our advice is simply to tell everybody you bought a Wigan sculpture, hold out your palm, and tell them it's right there, but it's so small they can't see it.
Yes, that's the eye of the needle.
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In a weird way it makes sense that former Miami Heat player and giant Alonzo Mourning serves as the "celebrity curator" for an invitation only opening reception starting at 7 p.m. Even if you can't get in to that, you'll still be able to see Wigan's take on the new "Three Kings" as he downsized LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as part of the exhibit (too bad he couldn't do the same to the Boston Celtics).
Born in Birmingham, England in 1957, Wigan's online biography says that he started his fascination with mini sculptures as a child making houses and clothing for ants. The small size of his work inculcated him from criticism. His work is usually displayed in the eye of a needle or atop a pin head. He's learned to sculpt in between heartbeats because even his pulse can create enough of a tremor to ruin hours of work.
Willard's Micro World will be on exhibit at the Midtown Gallery (3252 NE First Ave. No. 105, Miami) through December 6. Admission is free but $5 donations are requested to help fund special educational programs and charities.