The "Standard of Ur" from ancient Mesopotamia
31 December 2008
And you thought writing was hard?
British artist Willard Wigam is a microsculptor. His sculptures are so small that they can fit on the head of a pin, or inside the eye of a needle, or sometimes even on a human hair. He has to be careful when creating his art: He lost one piece, he thinks, by inhaling it.
For an interview, visit http://www.guzer.com/videos/needle-art.php. For pictures of his sculptures, go to http://www.willard-wigan.com/.
Believe it or not, Wigam is not the world's only microsculptor. The late Egyptian musician Hagop Sandaldjian turned to microsculpture in his later years. At right are five birds sitting on a baby hair balanced on the eye end of a needle. You can see more of his amazing work at http://www.mjt.org/exhibits/hagop/hagop2.html.
May 2009 be a happy and successful year for you, and may all your books be bestsellers!