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Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan

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Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan

600 State Drive
Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037
January 18th, 2013 - March 17th, 2013

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.caamuseum.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
PHONE:  
213-744-7432
OPEN HOURS:  
Tues-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5
TAGS:  
miniature, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

When he was a child, Willard Wigan decided he would build homes for ants because he “felt they needed them.” Little did he know at the time that this desire would become the artistic rubric that would compel him to create whimsical sculptures that are so minute that they can only be viewed through a microscope. This new and highly unusual exhibit, Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan, is a mind-bending blend of art and science that features 10 unique sculptures that are so small that they can fit in the eye of a needle, on a pin head or on the tip of an eyelash. These sculptures, created by the British-born artist, are the results of a unique process that requires Wigan to enter into a deeply meditative state to reduce hand tremors and allow him to sculpt between pulse beats. The sculptures have captured the imagination of the public, art critics, and avid collectors world-wide.