Micro-Artist Creates 1mm Tall Sculpture Of The Queen To Celebrate Her Platinum Jubilee
A micro-artist has created a tiny sculpture of the Queen smaller than a grain of rice to celebrate her platinum jubilee, while a mini-sculptor has crafted a tiny model of Coronation Carriage that fits into the eye of a needle.
The tiny bust of Queen Elizabeth II sits atop a platinum pin and measures just 0.6mm wide and 1mm high.
David Lindon spent three months creating the small head and torso of the British monarch in full dress with her tiara and sash.
Mr Lindon, from Bournemouth, Dorset, uses micro plastics and painstakingly sculpts and paints his tiny works of art under a microscope.
He must be careful not to cough or sneeze while working, as the slightest disturbance could result in the loss of the miniature sculpture.
He works in the dead of night to limit the vibrations of traffic passing from the road outside his house which could disturb the delicate rooms.
Queen Elizabeth II’s tiny bust sits atop a platinum pin and measures just 0.6mm wide and 1mm high
Dr Willard Wigan also worked on a small model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, which included painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.
David, a former engineer who worked for the MoD, on aircraft systems and the Eurofighter, got into micro art five years ago and is considered one of the best in the world.
Some of his previous pieces, which are so small they fit in the eye of a needle, a collection of masterpieces by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Claude Monet, have sold for 90,000 £ and it currently has works on display in miniature art. exhibition in London.
The miniature Queen will be presented to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case.
David said: “The work is microscopic but the challenges are monumental. It’s physically and mentally exhausting with unexpected frustrations and challenges around every corner.
“I have to go into an almost emotionless trance. It’s a real challenge to control my hands and my breath, not to mention create something almost literally from scratch.
“It’s only when you look at the microscope for yourself that you can truly appreciate the magic, intricate detail and depth that photos don’t capture.”
“I have to slow my breathing, stabilize my hands and keep my heart rate as low as possible. A jolt in my pulse can wipe out months of work. My hands still jump a little when my heart beats, so I work rhythmically between each beat.
“If I don’t focus all the time, my fingers can accidentally brush weeks of microscope work never to be seen again.”
He must be careful not to cough or sneeze while working, as the slightest disturbance could mean the miniature sculpture gets lost.
The miniature Queen will be given to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case
“Each piece can take months to get right, as many attempts are inevitably lost in the process.
‘There are certain vagaries in the creative process, for example too often I have lost a piece by accidentally crushing it while moving, they are incredibly delicate.
“Static electricity can also tear off a piece of art unexpectedly, like magic. I can blow it out, with a sneeze, a cough, or even a stray draft from someone opening a window. Once a part is lost, you can spend hours searching with a magnifying glass and never find it again!
Elsewhere, a renowned micro-sculptor has created the ‘greatest tribute’ for the Platinum Jubilee – a stunning model of the Queen’s coronation carriage which fits into the eye of a needle.
Dr. Willard Wigan painstakingly shaped and assembled more than 200 pieces under a microscope to create the ornate work, which he hopes to take on a national tour.
The 65-year-old, who was awarded an MBE for his services to art in 2007, said of his latest project: “It’s the smallest greatest tribute ever to Her Majesty The Queen .”
Elsewhere, a renowned micro-sculptor has created the ‘greatest tribute’ for the Platinum Jubilee – a stunning model of the Queen’s coronation carriage that fits in the eye of a needle.
The artist, who created a tiny 24-karat gold crown for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, said of the previous work: ‘It was the proudest moment of my life, but I have evolved and evolved since then.
“I improved, I improved so much. I work almost as if my life depended on it.
“Having autism has given me a superpower to be able to do things other people can’t.”
The West Midlands-based sculptor, who grew up in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, was diagnosed with autism, which he describes as a blessing in disguise, aged 50.
Speaking ahead of photos of his latest work, he said: ‘My mum would tell me autism is a diamond in a bin because humanity has a habit of throwing things away.
“And then suddenly the lid comes off the bin and they realize what was in there.
“So I use this now as a message to humanity and a celebration to Her Majesty The Queen.” It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.
“I think I need advice now after doing this coach. But it taught me one thing – it taught me how to train my attention span. I learned that I have to make a statement with what I do.
‘We underestimate the things we can’t see…we ignore the small world. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Having worked up to 17 hours a day for several weeks on the bus, the artist compares his work to “trying to put a pin through a bubble without bursting the bubble”.
He also worked on a small model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, which included painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.
Admitting to being very tired after completing the incredibly detailed car, he said: “I finished about five or six days ago – didn’t expect to finish it in time. I could sleep for England. But the glory is at the end.
“I have to admit that I hate doing this job. But I know how it feels. I know the impact it has on people
“I’ve seen people come out with their jaws in wheelbarrows when they see my work because it blows their minds – it blows their minds. And that’s where I get my enjoyment from, other people seeing it .