By now it’s a famous though sometimes incredulous story of a dyslexic, five year-old boy whose teacher was so mean to him, he ran away from school and hid in the shed of his home. There his mother would find him and inform him that in spite of his hurt feelings he would have to return to school. And he felt so small. And in the moment of feeling small, he pondered the fate of small things. Then he noticed the ants. Small creatures. Then he decided to make a home for them, perhaps because he felt out of place.
This is the story of Willard Wigan who is now famous for his pinhead and needle-eye sculptures that can only be seen through a microscope. His favorite piece is of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because it wasn’t easy fitting so many elements into the eye of a needle. His Last Supper with its twelve disciples was also a challenge. Among his works are Bart Simpson, Charlton Heston and cast members from Star Wars. He reflected on those famous words from the Book of Matthew in the Bible, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Then he created a camel in the eye of a needle. It isn’t clear whether this expands the after-life possibilities for rich men.
Now Willard Wigan and his miniscule art are garnering rave reviews. Wigan, the once shunned little boy who was expected to amount to nothing is respected for creating works that look like nothing through the naked eye but are really quite something when viewed in magnification. And to create them he has to be careful to breathe softly and hold his hand steady lest he inhale one of his creations – as has happened before.
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