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Half Century Collection Opens in Georgetown

8/3/2012, 1:20 p.m.

World-renowned microscopic sculptor, Willard Wigan, British native is on his second USA tour. His opening night, Friday, Aug. 3 at Parish Gallery-Georgetown in Northwest, will feature "The Half Century Collection."

This must-see exhibition includes 10 new pieces of micro-sculptures released into the American market that are so tiny they fit in the eye of a needle. Wigan's rare art works have been described as "The Eighth Wonder of the World." The sculptured pieces are housed in cases incorporating microscope lenses focused on the work. An appreciation of the size of the work is only achieved by viewing 'in the flesh'.

Suffering from dyslexia and learning difficulties, Wigan struggled at school, finding solace in creating art of such minute proportions that it virtually could not be seen with the naked eye.

"It began when I was five years old," says 55-year-old Wigan. "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."

For further information, call 202-944-2310 or visit www.parishgallery.com Misty Brown.