Creator of world's smallest sculptures, Willard...

Creator of world's smallest sculptures, Willard Wigan, visits San Diego Air & Space Museum Monday for special presentation

Wigan's Buzz Aldrin sculpture is currently on display in the Museum's Ripley's Believe It or Not! exhibition

San Diego, 2.19.2013

San Diego, CA - February 20, 2013 - Willard Wigan, famous micro-miniature sculptor visits the San Diego Air & Space Museum Monday for a special presentation of his amazing works. One of his sculptures, Buzz Aldrin, is currently on display in the Museum’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition. 

Described as the “eighth wonder of the world,” Willard Wigan has created works of art virtually invisible to the naked eye, yet when viewed through high power magnification, the effect on the viewer is truly mesmerizing. His sculptures commonly sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. One work can be as small as 0.005 mm and some of his most recent works do not exceed the size of a human blood cell. Wigan takes months to complete a single sculpture, and has to slow his heartbeat and breathing to a near trance-like state to carve his miniature masterpieces.

Wigan is scheduled to give a presentation at 11:30am on Monday, February 25th in the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Pavilion of Flight. The presentation is open to the public and free with paid general admission.

Born in 1957 in Birmingham, England, Wigan began his life as an artist at a very young age. Suffering from dyslexia and learning difficulties as a child, he struggled at school, finding solace in creating art of such minute proportions that it virtually could not be seen with the naked eye. Wigan, who is completely self-taught, has baffled medical science and has been the subject of many discussions among micro-surgeons, nano-technologists and at universities worldwide. His work is both inspirational and ground breaking in both artistic and scientific circles.

To learn more about Willard Wigan and his tiny pieces of art, visit his website.

Wigan’s Buzz Aldrin sculpture is currently on display in the Museum’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition. This is the first time a Ripley’s exhibition has been to San Diego since the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, the same year the Museum’s Ford Building was built. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, in collaboration with the San Diego Air & Space Museum, created this special exhibition specifically for San Diego. This exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world.

Admission to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is only $5 (with general admission) and includes entrance to the general Museum galleries.

For more information and pricing please call (619) 234-8291 or visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org for more information. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with admissions until 4:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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