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06 Jun 2022, 9:25 am

Queen's Platinum Jubilee: The brilliant tiny sculpture of the Royal Carriage in eye of a needle

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People across the UK have been celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in various ways. From patriotic parties to street art in honour of the monarchy, Brits have been getting into the royal spirit. One artist has honoured the Queen in their own, unique way by creating the "tiniest biggest tribute."

A micro-sculptor has fashioned a tiny model of the Queen's Coronation Carriage so small it can fit inside the eye of a needle. Dr Willard Wigan painstakingly crafted the 200-part artwork under a microscope. The 65-year-old told PA: "This is the tiniest biggest tribute of all time for Her Majesty the Queen." Dr Wigan, who was honoured with an MBE for services to art in 2007, now wishes to take the royal sculpture on a nationwide tour. He previously created a 24-carat-gold crown for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

People across the UK have been celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in various ways. From patriotic parties to street art in honour of the monarchy, Brits have been getting into the royal spirit. One artist has honoured the Queen in their own, unique way by creating the "tiniest biggest tribute."

A micro-sculptor has fashioned a tiny model of the Queen's Coronation Carriage so small it can fit inside the eye of a needle. Dr Willard Wigan painstakingly crafted the 200-part artwork under a microscope. The 65-year-old told PA: "This is the tiniest biggest tribute of all time for Her Majesty the Queen." Dr Wigan, who was honoured with an MBE for services to art in 2007, now wishes to take the royal sculpture on a nationwide tour. He previously created a 24-carat-gold crown for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life. I think I need counselling now after doing this coach. But it’s taught me one thing – it’s taught me to train my attention span. I’ve learned that I have to make a statement with what I do."

To create the coach, Dr Wigan worked for 17 hours per day for weeks. Speaking of his project, he said it was like: “trying to put a pin through a bubble without bursting the bubble.

“I must admit I hate doing this work but I know what it does. I know the impact it has on people. I’ve seen people walk out with their jaws in wheelbarrows when they see my work because it blows their heads off – it blows their minds. And that’s when I get my pleasure, off other people seeing it.”


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