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  • Writer's pictureDr Willard Wigan MBE

The Yale Centre For Dyslexia & Creativity

Updated: Sep 25, 2020

Many dyslexics have a remarkable ability to think outside the box, but artist Willard Wigan puts a twist on out-of-the-box thinking by crafting micro sculptures so tiny that many of them could fit inside a box—a very small box.  He has recreated scenes from the bible, as well as from pop-culture, such as Homer Simpson holding Bart up in the air by the neck.  Wigan’s art often occupies the eye of a needle, or like the Simpsons, the head of a pin.  They are so small that they can only be seen with the help of a high-powered microscope.  His ingenuity and unique perspective have earned him respect, appreciation, fame, and, well, a lot of money.

“It began when I was five years old.  I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to where my dyslexia didn’t hold me back and my teachers couldn’t criticize me. That’s how my career as a micro-sculptor began.”

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