Willard Wigan, Micro-sculptor, will be here in the gallery November 9th. Come in and meet him in person.
Coming off the success of creating a custom-designed piece for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, Parish Gallery-Georgetown (1054 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC) will be the home to the work of celebrated micro-sculptor Willard Wigan, MBE. Wigan makes the smallest works of art on the planet. Like his first tour in 2009, the British native’s second USA tour will attract avid collectors like Shaquille O’Neal, Simon Cowell, Siegfried & Roy and standing-room-only audiences who understand why Wigan’s rare art works has been described as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World.’ Besides creating art, Wigan is a sought-after lecturer, philanthropist and dedicated supporter of charitable causes, particularly those relating to children and animals.
Again, Wigan will be in Washington, DC on November 8, 2012 to accept The Lab School of Washington’s “Outstanding Achievers Award” during the school’s Annual Gala Dinner honoring individuals who have channeled their learning challenges and built extraordinary lives. The Lab School serves students of diverse means throughout the DC area. It is a local treasure for children with learning disabilities and ADHD and has pioneered an entirely new, fresh, and innovative way of instructing children challenged by traditional teaching techniques and settings. You can hear Mr. Wigan discuss these issues at a TED Talk he delivered in 2009.
This is an exhibition not to be missed. Wigan will be exhibiting up to 10 new pieces of micro-sculptures released into the American market that are so tiny they fit in the eye of a needle. They include The Olympic Torch carved from 24 carat gold, the five Olympic rings, the burning flame of the torch and the inscribed year. It’s a fitting tribute to his native country hosting the Olympic Games this summer.
He recreated the characters from the 1697 original book of Cinderella by Charles Perrault revealing the heartrending expressions of the beautiful Cinderella, her step-mother and the ugly sisterswithin the eye of a needle. Wigan also created a T-Rex Dinosaur, a Gold Harley and a fancy Tango.
The sculptured pieces are housed in cases incorporating microscope lenses focused on the work. Images are available at www.willard-wigan.com. An appreciation of the size of the work is only achieved by viewing ‘in the flesh’.
“Parish Gallery welcomes back this extraordinary exhibition,” said owner Norman Parish. “Experiencing the micro-sculpture is a complete privilege. Wigan’s work is utterly unique and a special opportunity for the people of Washington to witness firsthand the meeting of art and science.”
$5 fee for adults to view his works.
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