Daniel the tiniest guide dog puppy in the world

I’m thrilled to have sculpted the tiniest guide dog puppy in the world in support of this year’s Guide Dogs Appeal, helping raise funds and awareness for those with sight loss. This sculpture is the size of a full stop in a newspaper, mounted within the eye of a tiny sewing needle. It represents all those that feel unseen, as I did for many years of my life. It is a message, “just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it isn’t there”. Formed from a piece of broken dinner plate, painted with my eyelash, I worked 16 hours a day over a 2-month period, using gaps between my heartbeat to create him. Daniel is named after a fundraiser I met in Birmingham, inspiring me to partner with Guide Dogs and create a tiny micro sculpture as a homage to all their hard work and shine a light onto this amazing charity.

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A sculpture of a tiny yellow Labrador puppy sits on a grass mound in the eye of a needle.  He is wearing a red collar with a gold medallion with a D in braille and his tongue is hanging out.

The real Daniel

A real-life guide dog puppy has been named in honour of Daniel and will hopefully go on to be as amazing as his name sake and grow up to change the life of someone currently living with sight loss.

It costs £54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement  and this unique work of art is available to buy for one very lucky collector with 100% of proceeds going to the charity, to help fund more guide dogs like puppy Daniel.  If you’d just like to make a donation visit Justgiving.com/campaign/Willard

Willard holds puppy Daniel under one arm and looks through a needle eye

Puppy Daniel

A little yellow Labrador puppy looks down the lens of a microscope

Buy Daniel

If you would like to make an offer to buy Daniel, a very special one-off artwork piece from Willard Wigan, with 100% of the proceeds raised going to the charity Guide Dogs, please register your interest using the Buy Daniel button. Don't worry we don't have a fixed price in mind and we are open to offers for Daniel. He will be presented in a unique display, collected from the Guide Dogs Head Office, whilst meeting Willard Wigan for personal photographs and a chat with the world's greatest micro sculptor.

A sculpture of a tiny yellow Labrador puppy sits on a grass mound in the eye of a needle.  He is wearing a red collar with a gold medallion with a D in braille and his tongue is hanging out.
Willard bends down on one knee with a little yellow Labrador puppy sitting in front of him.

How you can get involved in this years appeal

The annual Guide Dogs Appeal takes place every October on the anniversary of the first four UK guide dog partnerships back in 1931.  Since last year's Guide Dogs Appeal, around 100,000 more people in the UK have been told they will lose their sight. So, if you love to bake or simply eat cake, you could be the secret fundraising ingredient Guide Dogs need to help change lives. Big or small, every cake you bake makes a difference - together we can help children and adults with a vision impairment live the life they choose.

For plenty of fundraising ideas to support Guide Dogs and help fund more guide dog puppies like Daniel visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/appeal

Dog shaped cookies sit on a baking tray surrounded by flour, a spoon and fundraising leaflets.
A little yellow Labrador puppy has his head lying over the end of his basket with a glass box in front of his nose.