January 26, 2008

Beyond tiny...

This is really amazing...Microscopic art...

....The collection is valued at more than £11million and has just been bought by David Lloyd, the former tennis champion turned art collector.

Pieces include a Scottie dog on a grain of sand, Henry VIII and his wives in the eye of a needle and Prince Charles on a cocktail stick. There is also the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle and a sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, half the size of a full-stop, carved out of diamond.

The pieces are all the work of artist Willard Wigan, who said he slows down his heartbeat and goes into a meditative state to prevent tremors when he is working.

Each piece can require him to carve for up to 16 hours a day for two months - and the slightest movement can be disastrous.

He said: "The pulse in my fingertip can ruin a sculpture and I have to work at night because the vibrations from traffic can cause problems."...

Go look at the picture. Henry VIII and his six wives, standing inside the eye of a needle!

Posted by John Weidner at January 26, 2008 7:40 AM
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