September 30, 2009
Mr. Wigan, a 52-year-old Briton, is dyslexic and did poorly in school. Even today, he can barely read or write. Yet, he creates some of the smallest sculptures in the world, relying on nothing more than a scalpel and a microscope to see what he's carving.
His entire piece of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon fits on the head of a pin. His Statue of Liberty is made from a speck of gold. A recent carving of the Obama family is mounted inside the eye of a needle. Mr. Wigan says he used an eyelash to insert the president into the right slot. Mr. Wigan has made about 160 of these sculptures.
I love stories that defy popular notion that to get ahead you have to do well in school. Some of the most creative minds don't have a chance.
Miro could not "see" objectively. When looking at still life's or models, he could record them as he "felt" them, emotionally, but not 'objectively', as others saw them. Miro saw thing like a child, subjectively. He didn't distinguish between animate and inanimate objects. All were animated by his vision. Nor did he distinguish between the appearance and the emotional resonance of his models.