Micro-sculpture artist set to unveil new exhibition at Resorts World

A collection of micro-sculptures by renowned artist Willard Wigan is to go on display at the Resorts World Birmingham complex from tomorrow (Saturday).

Willard Wigan at Resorts World will feature 25 pieces of his unique work from his latest collection. The artworks, which sit within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin, include iconic figures and snapshots such as Pinocchio, Cinderella and Christ the Redeemer.

The exhibition, which runs until December 22, is likely to appeal to those who appreciate the skills and patience required for such precision work.

Visitors will be able to peer down the microscope at some of Wigan’s most popular sculptures such as “Evolution (from ape to man)”, “The Last Supper” and the Guinness World Record-holding sculpture “Golden Voyage” – a motorbike carved from specs of gold inside a hollowed out human hair.

The micro sculptor, who was born in Wolverhampton, is famous for sculpting the world’s smallest works of art. Famous works include a replica of the Coronation Crown created in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which now resides at Buckingham Palace.

Awarded an MBE for services to art in 2007, the artist will also be the subject of a one-hour Channel 4 documentary, which is due to be broadcast something during the exhibition at Resorts World.

Commenting on his latest residency, the artist said: “It is an honour to bring my collection of precious micro-sculptures to Resorts World. It’s a pleasure to share with the people of the West Midlands my works of art and for them to discover and explore the pieces at this exhibition.”

Ian Bennett, Operations Director at Resorts World Birmingham, said: “We like to do things differently here at Resorts World; we’re always looking out for new and interesting things that will enhance our guest experience.

“That’s why we’re delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to welcome Willard and his unique collection of some of the world’s smallest works of art. We’re hoping both our Resorts World regulars and new guests will enjoy coming to see something completely unique.”

The exhibition will be open 12-7pm Wednesday-Saturday and 12-5pm on Sundays.

General admission is £5, £2.50 for children (under 12) and £4 for concessions.