Thursday, 5 March 2009

Dead flies DO have a use...

Wow is all I can say. Check out these microscopic sculptures by Willard Wigan. The pieces have been hailed as the "eigth wonder of the world." A bulk, if not all, of the collection has been bought by tennis player and businessman David Lloyd (he of the gym chain) and insured for £11.2million. The sculptures fit in the eye of a needle or on the very tip of a pin - absolutely tiny. And apparently are painted with the hair from a dead fly (completely gross! lol)
Willard hails from Birmingham, England and was awarded an MBE for services to art in 2007. Apparently he has trained himself to work "between heartbeats" to avoid destroying the sculptures.
This is from Wikipedia:
Wigan uses a tiny surgical blade to carve microscopic figures out of gold, and fragments of grains of sand which are then mounted on pinheads. To paint his creations, he uses a hair plucked from a dead fly (the fly has to have died from natural causes, as he refuses to kill them for the sake of his art).

The Wizard of Oz in the eye of a needle

The Titanic on the point of a pin
The Obama Family in the eye of a needle
Dressage on a pin head

3 comments:

Becca. said...

Plumo is wonderful, so jealous of your new s&p shakers, they look magical. Might be time for me to buy a couple of new cake stands...oh dear :D

These are INCREDIBLE, its so mind blowing how tiny they are!

Miss Wayward said...

Wow....just wow!

thegreenpixie said...

I think I read something about this a while ago, it is mind boggling.

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