Dr Willard Wigan, MBE is the ‘creator of the world’s smallest handmade sculptures in history’ (Guinness Book of Records). Wigan’s latest micro creation Tiny Dancer is inspired by students of Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham and is his first sculpture of a dancer. The ballerina stands ‘en pointe’ - on the tip of her toes - and wears a ruffled white tutu with real gold details, her hair in a traditional ballet bun, complete with a tiara made from particles of glitter.
Wigan was inspired to sculpt the tiny ballerina after meeting students of Elmhurst Ballet School (the associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet) at the Midlands Luxury Show.
Tiny Dancer, painstakingly made from a microscopic piece of plastic, took Wigan six weeks and up to 18 hours a day to create. Using miniature handmade tools to carve the sculpture and his own eyelashes attached to an acupuncture needle for a paintbrush, Wigan applied the smallest of paint particles to finish the sculpture in the eye of a regular sewing needle – one of the minuscule display platforms now synonymous with Wigan’s work.
With thanks to Wigan’s generosity, his love of ballet and a desire to support the Birmingham based school, Tiny Dancer is up for sale and fifty percent of the proceeds will help Elmhurst’s young ballet students, particularly those in need of financial assistance, to realise their dance dreams.
Elmhurst believes the arts, especially dance, should be accessible to all, irrelevant of someone’s ethnic, social and economic background. Wigan felt this ethos was the right fit for the outcome of the sculpture and his own inspirational story.
Born in 1957 in Wolverhampton, Wigan began his artistic life at a tender age. Suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia and mild autism, Wigan struggled at school. To escape the constant taunts from his teachers and student peers, Wigan found solace and peace in creating art of such minute proportions that it could not be seen with the naked eye. He adopted the belief that if his work could not be seen, then it and he could not be criticised. Often described as nothing, Wigan set about showing the world that there is no such thing as nothing.
More information about Tiny Dancer and how it will be sold will be available soon at www.willardwiganmbe.com and www.elmhurstdance.co.uk, or for expressions of interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.