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The sculptor creates a tiny royal carriage in a needle’s eye as a tribute to the anniversary

The sculptor creates a tiny royal carriage in a needle's eye as a tribute to the anniversary

The famous microsculptor created the “biggest tribute” for Platinum anniversary – an amazing model of the coronation carriage of the queen, which is placed inside the needle eye.

Doctor Willard Wigan sculpted and carefully assembled more than 200 items under a microscope to create an ornate work he hopes to take from touring the country.

A 65-year-old man who was honored with the award MBE for services to art in 2007, said of his latest project: “This is the smallest tribute to the memory of Her Majesty the Queen of all time.”

An artist who created a tiny crown of 24-carat gold for the Queen in 2012 Diamond anniversarysaid of previous work: “It was the most proud moment of my life, but since then I have evolved and moved on.

“I got better, I got much better. I almost work as if my life depends on it.

“Autism has given me the superpower to do things that other people can’t.”

A sculptor from the West Midlands who grew up in Wadsfield, Wolverhamptonat age 50 was diagnosed with autism, which he describes as a disguised blessing.

Speaking before the publication of photos of his latest work, he told the PA news agency: “My mother told me that autism is a diamond in the dump because humanity has a habit of throwing things away.

“And then suddenly the lid comes off the trash can and they realize it was there.

“So I use it now as a message to humanity and a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen. It’s the hardest thing I’ve done in my entire life.

“I think now I need a consultation after training with this coach. But it taught me one thing – it taught me to train my attention. I learned that I have to make a statement about what I am doing.

“We underestimate what we can’t see … we ignore the small world. Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. “

Model Dr. Willard Wigan’s young Queen Elizabeth’s eye needle (Darren Shipman / Dr Willard Wigan / PA)

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Working on coaches for up to 17 hours a day for weeks, the artist compares his work to “trying to push a hairpin through a bubble without bursting a bubble”.

He also worked on a tiny model of Queen Elizabeth in her youth, which included an image with eyelashes attached to the end of a needle.

His previous work includes the world’s smallest handmade BMX bike and a tribute to Albert Einstein.

Admitting that he was very tired after completing the incredibly detailed carriage, he said: “I finished somewhere five or six days ago – I didn’t think I would finish on time.

“I could sleep for England. But glory in the end.

“I have to admit that I hate doing this work. But I know it does. I know the impact this has on people

“I’ve seen people come out with jaws on wheelbarrows when they see my work because it breaks their heads – it knocks them out of their minds. And then I get pleasure from seeing other people. ”


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