Micro-artist creates 1mm tall statue of Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee

A micro-artist has created a small statue of the queen that is smaller than a grain of rice to celebrate her Platinum JubileeWhile a small sculptor created a small model of the Coronation Carriage that fits inside the eye of the needle.

miniscule bust Queen Elizabeth II The Platinum sits on top of the pin and is only 0.6mm wide and 1mm tall.

David Lyndon spent three months creating the tiny head and torso of the UK monarch in formal dress with his tiara and sash.

Mr Lyndon of Bournemouth, Dorset uses micro-plastics and painstakingly sculpts and paints his microscopic works of art under a microscope.

While working he has to be careful not to cough or sneeze, as the slightest disturbance could mean that the miniature sculpture is lost.

He works at night outside his home to limit any vibrations from road-passing traffic that could disrupt the delicate pieces.

The small statue of Queen Elizabeth II sits on top of a platinum pin and is only 0.6 mm wide and 1 mm tall.

The small statue of Queen Elizabeth II sits on top of a platinum pin and is only 0.6 mm wide and 1 mm tall.

Dr Willard Wigan is also working on a small model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, including a painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.

Dr Willard Wigan is also working on a small model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, including a painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.

David, a former engineer who has worked on aircraft systems and Eurofighter for the Defense Ministry, adopted micro art five years ago and is considered one of the best in the world.

His last few pieces, which are so small that they fit inside the eye of a needle, a collection of masterpieces by artists including Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch and Claude Monet, sold for £90,000 and he currently has one. The work on display in the Miniature Art is the Exhibition in London.

The Miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case.

David said: ‘The work is subtle but the challenges are huge. It is physically and mentally exhausting with frustrations and unexpected challenges around every corner.

‘I have to enter an almost emotionless samadhi. Controlling my hands is a real challenge and my breathing alone turns my breath from almost nothing to almost nothing.

‘Only when you look for yourself under the microscope can you really appreciate the magic, the intricate detail and depth that photographs don’t capture.

‘I must slow my breathing to steady my hands, and keep my heart rate as low as possible. One twitch of my pulse can ruin months of work. As my heart beats my hands still jump slightly, so I work in a rhythm between each pulse.

‘If I don’t focus all the time my fingers can accidentally work with a microscope for weeks, never to be seen again.

While working he has to be careful not to cough or sneeze, as the slightest disturbance could mean that the miniature sculpture is lost.

While working he has to be careful not to cough or sneeze, as the slightest disturbance could mean that the miniature sculpture is lost.

The Miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case

The Miniature Queen will be donated to Her Majesty in a bespoke oak and glass display case

‘It can take several months for each piece to heal as inevitably many efforts are lost in the process.

‘There are some dangers with the creation process, for example a lot of times I’ve accidentally lost a piece while it’s accidentally crushed while moving around, they’re incredibly fragile.

‘Static electricity can also pull a piece of art into the unexpected like magic. I can blow it through a sneeze, cough or even a gust of wind from someone who opens the window. Once a piece is lost, you can spend hours hunting with a magnifying glass and never find it again!’

Elsewhere, a renowned astral sculptor created the ‘biggest homage ever’ for a Platinum Jubilee – a stunning model of the Queen’s coronation carriage that fits inside the eye of a needle.

Dr Willard Wigan fashions and painstakingly put together more than 200 parts under a microscope to create the ornate work, which he hopes to take on a nationwide tour.

The 65-year-old, who was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in 2007, said of her latest project: ‘This is the biggest tribute to Her Majesty the Queen ever.’

Elsewhere, a renowned astral sculptor created the 'greatest tribute' to a Platinum Jubilee - a stunning model of the Queen's coronation carriage that fits inside the eye of a needle

Elsewhere, a renowned astral sculptor created the ‘greatest tribute’ to a Platinum Jubilee – a stunning model of the Queen’s coronation carriage that fits inside the eye of a needle

The artist, who created a miniature 24-karat gold crown for the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee, said of previous work: ‘It was the proudest moment of my life but I have evolved and moved on since then.

‘I have improved, I have become much better. I almost act as if my life depends on it.

‘Having autism has given me a superpower to be able to do things that other people cannot.’

The West Midlands-based sculptor, who grew up in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, was diagnosed with autism, which he describes as a blessing in disguise, at the age of 50.

Speaking before the release of photos of her latest work, she said: ‘My mother used to tell me that autism is a diamond in the trash because humanity has a habit of throwing things away.

‘And then all of a sudden the lid comes off the trash and they realize what was in there.

‘That’s why I’m using it now as a message to humanity and a celebration for Her Majesty the Queen. This is by far the hardest job I’ve ever done in my entire life.

‘I feel that after doing this coach, now I need counseling. But it has taught me one thing – it has taught me to train my attention span. I have 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.’

After working on Coach for 17 hours a day for several weeks, the artist compares his work to ‘trying to put a pin through a bubble without bursting the bubble’.

He is also working on a small model of Queen Elizabeth as a young woman, including a painting with an eyelash attached to the end of a needle.

Admitting to being very tired after completing the incredibly detailed carriage, he said: ‘I finished about five or six days ago – I didn’t think I would finish it on 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 what it does. I know how it affects people

‘I’ve seen people go out with their jaws open when they look at my work because it blows their heads – it blows their minds. And that’s when I derive my pleasure from other people watching it.’

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