Even smaller wonders
10 September 2008
Never has the Biblical maxim, ‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 19:24), resonated more for me than in discovering the work of micro-sculptor, Willard Wigan.
In an article describing his work, it is said that Wigan, whose materials include flecks of dust and single eyelashes, sometimes has to work ‘between heartbeats’.
When working on this scale, he slows his heartbeat and his breathing dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonise his mind, body and soul with the Creator. He then sculpts or paints at the centrepoint between heartbeats for total stillness of hand.
Says more about what humanity is capable of than any particle-smashing contraption. All we need now is the camel.
Image: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the eye of a needle, from the BBC Birmingham website. For illustration purposes.