Willard Wigan

  • Born 1957 is a sculptor from Birmingham, England.

    As a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, Willard Wigan was ridiculed in class by his primary school teachers for not learning to read.

    Wigan attributes his early drive in sculpting, begun at the age of five years, to his need to escape from being ridiculed by teachers and classmates.

    Wigan has since been on a quest to make even smaller artworks visible only through a microscope.

  • The subjects of Wigan's works range from popular culture to architecture. The sculptor often refers in his work to other artists and historical events.

    Amongst his most famous pieces are a minute reproduction of Michelangelo's David, carved out of a single grain of sand and a commissioned miniature version of the Lloyd's building in London.

    Wigan has recently created a miniature sculpture representing the Obama family and has carved a statue of astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the eye of a needle, in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the 1969 lunar landing.

    Other works include a microscopic Betty Boop and a copy of the FIFA World Cup trophy, both about 0.005 mm (0.0002 in) tall.