You'll Never Believe These Jaw-Dropping Examples of 'Micro-Art'

RealClear Staff


How do you make a sculpture 0.0002 of an inch tall? 1) Use microscopic tools. 2) Learn to control your nervous system and breathing to ensure you do not make even the tiniest movement. 3) Enter a meditative state in which your heartbeat is slowed, allowing you to reduce any hand tremors and to work between heartbeats...

Check out these amazing results!

1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Egyptian-born artist Hagop Sandaldjian painted his tiny figurines, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on a needle, using a single strand of hair with paint on the tip (below).

2. Pandas in a Needle

The eye of a needle is a common "canvas" for micro-art. Here's one from China.

3. The Last Supper in a Needle

Another eye-of-the-needle example, this one from English sculptor Willard Wigan (below), whose sculptures are typically placed in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Wigan, born dyslexic, is considered the premier microartist in the world. 

Some of Wigan’s biggest admirers include British tennis player and entrepreneur David Lloyd, who owns a 70-piece collection insured for more than 20 million dollars; Sir Elton John; Magicians Siegfried and Roy; and Prince Charles of Wales, who named him a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). 

4. Ship on a Pinhead

Willard Wigan

5. 'Star Wars' in a Needle

More Williard Wigan

6. Camels in a Needle

This lovely piece is the work of another great, Russian artist Nikolai Aldunin (below in his Moscow apartment with his tools, which include superglue, syringes and toothpicks). But Aldunin doesn't just work with needles. See below...    

7. Gun on a Matchstick

Aldunin worked for six months to create this gold AK-47. It consists of 34 individual parts.

8. Tank on an Apple Seed

Aldunin actually sliced the apple seed in half.

9. The Size of a Grain of Sugar

To give you a sense of scale, Aldunin placed his replica sculpture on a needle next to a grain of sugar. 

10. Tolstoy on Rice

Aldunin engraved his tribute to the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy on a grain of rice.

11. Aquarium

Another Russian artist, Anatoly Konenko, made a miniature aquarium that holds two teaspoons of water. He says that it is “made of curiosity.”

12. Grasshopper

Konenko's work is perched on a walnut.

13. Sitting Angel

Armenian artist Rafik Badalyan made this from emerald ivory mounted on a tiny gold nugget.

14. Dragon Chopstick

A sculptured piece of chopstick in China. A great example of turning everyday objects into art.

15. Painting on Grain of Rice

Just wow. Also from China.

16. Micro Books

From China. Of course, you'd need a microscope to read them.

17. Sculptures from Olive Pits

... And you know how tiny olives are.

18. Nailed It!

We end with this one. We don't know who did it, but it seems highly impractical.



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