Art

Twitter Snapshot: Willard Wigan tours the magical world of his microscopic sculpture

Twitters were entranced and inspired by the story of how TEDGlobal 2009 speaker Willard Wigan (follow him on Twitter) came to create sculptures small enough to fit within the eye of a needle. His heartbreaking early life, which saw him rejected by other children his age and unable to fit in or succeed at school, followed by the astonishing refinement of his one-of-a-kind skill, shows that beauty is in really the microscope of the beholder!

Willard Wiggin creates sculptures in the eyes of needles. Yes, u read that right. He says each of us was once that small or smaller. — ruthannharnisch

Wiggin says he slows down his nervous system to create his microsculpture, takes care not to inhale his work (which he has done). — ruthannharnisch

Willard Wigan http://bit.ly/16FLWc Discovered the world in miniature because didn’t fit in at school “My world was seen as less.” — TEDxCambridge

Wigan builds houses on the heads of pins. What’s that saying about angels?jenbrea

Willard Wigan’s story in itself defies any notion of impossibility. — tedtochina

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