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The Microscopic Art of Willard Wigans

Willard Wigans is notorious for his very specific form of sculpture. Wigans has been crafting art that has literally been pulled out of thin air! Using an original technique that requires a high powered microscope, and supreme patience, Willard pulls fibers from the air and twines them together to form the smallest statuettes that he then builds on, and ultimately paints.

Many of his pieces are familiar pop references, such as disney characters, famous landmarks, and even presidents! Did we mention that he can fit each of these on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle? His work has inspired many  nanotechnologists into thinking his methods are beneficial to nanotechnological advances in the future, but we just love the sheer creativity!

What are your thoughts? Enjoy!

Willard Wigans

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9 Camels

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The Planet Earth

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Humpty Dumpty

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The Tango

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A chariot

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A motorcycle

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The Pieta

BRITAIN - Obama Artwork

The Obama Family




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  5. Eco Artist Healer April 2, 2013 Reply

    great story

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  8. Zanetta L. Wingfield April 2, 2013 Reply

    I never heard of him. Thanks for posting. Wonderful artist!

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  10. Maraya Elaine Quary April 2, 2013 Reply

    The first family! That is awesome!

  11. Dez TheGreat April 2, 2013 Reply

    Most Outstanding!!!

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  13. Cerina Clemmons- Smith April 2, 2013 Reply

    Wow! So dope!

  14. Itz Q ToYou April 2, 2013 Reply

    I saw his work at the African American Museum here in LA and all I can say is, it’s amazing!

  15. Alexis Dorothy James April 2, 2013 Reply

    Love this but “notorious” as used in the article means to be known/famous for something bad. Other than that error. The article was pretty good. Glad to have learned about him.

  16. Michelle Randall April 2, 2013 Reply

    This guy is from my home town, truly gifted!

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  18. Rafael Antonio Castillo April 2, 2013 Reply

    Very hard to imagine how this is possible. Amazing to see.

  19. Miz Bian April 2, 2013 Reply

    Amazing, incredible, maverick art!

  20. Ojuolape Kannike-Martins April 2, 2013 Reply

    He is a genius… Been following him for years 🙂

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  22. Karol Ngilah April 2, 2013 Reply

    Phenomenal!pure art..

  23. Merce ThaRealest Boo April 2, 2013 Reply

    Pure genius!

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  25. Joy Oghenekaro Oluwafumilayo Samadora Eloho April 2, 2013 Reply

    Just superb! Can’t believe these are actually in the eye of a needle. it’s hard enough getting a thread through wow.

  26. Ls Stylista April 2, 2013 Reply

    I would go blind!

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  28. Khadijah Adam April 2, 2013 Reply

    This reminded me of a verse in the Quran that says “they will not enter paradise until the camel passes through the eye of a needle.”

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  32. Cathy Jordan Diggs April 2, 2013 Reply

    Awesomely talented

  33. Lauri Edwards April 2, 2013 Reply

    this is fascinating

  34. Aquasia Johnson April 5, 2013 Reply

    That’s amazing!

  35. Peckhams Best April 7, 2013 Reply

    This is a Great Art…never seen before

  36. Serene Follins April 7, 2013 Reply

    That’s amazing

  37. Edali Pollard April 10, 2013 Reply

    I am grateful to have experienced Sir Willard Wigans art installations firsthand at an exhibit in a gallery in the near north art district of Chicago. It was truly amazing and humbling to learn the backstory and meet him, truly phenomenal.

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