A Little Something Creative: Laurie Explores a Little.

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

“Pistachio Shell Turtle, Clay Burger” by Mary D.

In recognition of all things that are a little creative, here is the first in short series of articles about a little bit of art.

My daughter loves all things mini.  She crafts and creates sculptures of itty bitty characters and miniatures on a daily basis.  In recognition of all things that are a little creative, I wanted to share a short series of articles about a little bit of art. Here is my first one: Nothing doesn’t exist.

Willard Wigan is a master of the miniature. From his site, “Suffering from dyslexia and learning difficulties, he struggled at school, finding solace in creating art of such minute proportions that it virtually could not be seen with the naked eye.”

This micro sculptor carves figures so small they fit in the eye of a needle.  Yes, you read correctly… Check this out!


5 responses to “A Little Something Creative: Laurie Explores a Little.

  1. Hey everyone!

    If you are in Miami and have a little time (pun intended) you can take peek at Mr. Wigan’s work here:
    Miami Art Fair – Art Basel – 10 November 2010 – 5 December 2010

    Have fun!

  2. Jonathan Groves


    I hadn’t heard of Willard Wigan till now, but I have heard of tiny sculptures. It doesn’t seem possible that anyone could carve something that small.

    Reminds me of limits in mathematics where the terms of the sequence or the functional values differ from the limit by an arbitrarily small value. Limits deal with the world of the very small.

    Newton and Leibniz’s independent developments of calculus were based on infinitesimals, which are numbers “infinitely small” but not equal to 0. Controversy arose for many years when this theory of infinitesimals could not be explained rigorously. It was later proved that infinitesimals do not exist in the standard real number system, and they fell out of favor.

    Abraham Robinson sometime in the 1960s found a way to explain infinitesimals rigorously by working with nonstandard number systems and created what we now call “Nonstandard Analysis.” But it never caught on except among a few mathematicians.

    Jonathan Groves

    • Jonathan,

      Thank you for sharing about infinitesimals… I love the fact that math, art and science connect!! Indeed, the world is a circle, everything is connected… 360 🙂

      Thanks for your comments and interest, Jonathan!


  3. annmarie colascione

    lori Laurie this is cool thanks for sharing !

  4. Mrs. Rosenberg's Class

    Great article about miniture art. Mary is showing us her miniture hen right now. Very cool and facinating article.

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