Micro art: church in a grain of sand

08:51, March 29, 2010      

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(Source: CRI Online)

To see the world in a grain of sand? Talented micro-sculptor Willard Wigan can prove you. The 52-year-old British man from Birmingham carved a church from a single granule that fits inside the eye of a needle.

Willard became famous for sculpting tiny recreations of Barack Obama and his family, as well as Neil Armstrong on the moon's surface.

This time he was challenged by his girlfriend who lives at the foot of Chosen Hill in Churchdown, near Gloucester, to sculpt the hilltop parish church St Bartholomew's.


(Source: CRI Online)

It took Willard six weeks to finish the model which is too small to be seen by naked eyes. However, every proportion is perfectly right.

"If I made a mistake it would have been impossible to fix. I wanted to put in as much detail as I possibly could." He said.

Willard uses tiny shards of glass stuck to a needle, and a brush made from one of his eylashes to creat the minute masterpieces.


(Source: CRI Online)

Mr Willard says work of this scale is his passion and hopes to arrange an exhibition in Gloucestershire in the future.


(Source: CRI Online)

Source: Xinhua/CRI Online
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