Little Fury! Artist creates micro sculpture of boxing champion Tyson Fury standing on nail

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A world-famous micro-artist has created a tiny sculpture of British boxing champion Tyson Fury – on top of a fingernail.

Dr Willard Wigan MBE, 64, used a microscope to sculpt the incredible figure of the Gypsy King, which is barely the size of a matchstick head.

He even used his eyelashes as a brush after doing the tiny engraving from a nylon and gold cable tie using a broken diamond tip as a chisel.

World-renowned micro-artist created tiny sculpture of British boxing champion Tyson Fury – on top of a nail

Dr Willard Wigan MBE, 64, has said he wants to pay tribute to the heavyweight champion after his successful WBC title defense against Deontay Wilder this weekend.

Dr Willard Wigan MBE, 64, has said he wants to pay tribute to the heavyweight champion after his successful WBC title defense against Deontay Wilder this weekend.

Dr Wigan spent eight hours a day over a four-week period working on the piece, titled ‘Hard as Nails’, in his studio in Birmingham.

The figure includes a green set of boxing gloves and black shorts emblazoned with Fury’s “Gypsy King” nickname and was created entirely from memory.

Dr Wigan has said he wants to pay tribute to the heavyweight champion after his successful WBC title defense against Deontay Wilder this weekend.

The sculptor creates microscopic works of art, as small as 0.005mm, which are placed through the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin and can only be seen under a microscope.

Dr Wigan used a microscope to sculpt the incredible figure of the Gypsy King, which is barely the size of a matchstick head

Dr Wigan used a microscope to sculpt the incredible figure of the Gypsy King, which is barely the size of a matchstick head

Figure includes a green set of boxing gloves and black shorts emblazoned with the nickname

Figure includes a green set of boxing gloves and black shorts emblazoned with Fury’s “Gypsy King” nickname and was created entirely from memory

Dr Wigan spent eight hours a day over a four-week period working on the piece, titled

Dr Wigan spent eight hours a day over a four-week period working on the piece, titled “Hard as Nails”, in his Birmingham studio.

He didn’t value his latest piece, but Dr Wigan’s work has already cost between £ 90,000 and £ 200,000 and his fans include Her Majesty the Queen.

Dr Wigan, from Birmingham, said: “I have a lot of respect for Tyson Fury. I am a huge boxing fan and always have been.

“I think what he has done for mental health is also important, so I wanted to pay as much tribute as possible in the smallest way possible.

“I met him in 2019 and just knew he was on his way to greatness. I don’t think he will ever be defeated and he is like the Muhammad Ali of today.

“He just seems to have a mental state of mind that I don’t think will ever be matched, so I wanted to honor his accomplishments with this piece.

“He’s, of course, rock hard, so I thought it would be totally appropriate to have him standing on a nail.

“They also say it’s not the size of the dog in combat, it’s the size of the fight in the dog – and that’s something Tyson can relate to.

“People wrote him off because of his size when he was overweight, but he had one hell of a trip and deserves his success.

“It’s not my smallest job because I wanted to get a lot of detail on his face. I wanted to get that scowl he does so he’s definitely recognizable as him.

“I used a small piece of diamond as a miniature chisel and used pulse as a jackhammer to cut it.

“We didn’t measure it, but you can see it’s barely bigger than a match head and I also designed everything from memory.”

The sculptor creates microscopic works of art, as small as 0.005mm, which are placed through the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin and can only be seen under a microscope.

The sculptor creates microscopic works of art, as small as 0.005mm, which are placed through the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin and can only be seen under a microscope.

Dr Wigan, from Birmingham, said:

Dr Wigan, from Birmingham, said: ‘I have a lot of respect for Tyson Fury. I’m a huge boxing fan and always have been’

He didn't value his latest piece, but Dr Wigan's work has already cost between £ 90,000 and £ 200,000 and his fans include Her Majesty the Queen.

He didn’t value his latest piece, but Dr Wigan’s work has already cost between £ 90,000 and £ 200,000 and his fans include Her Majesty the Queen.

Dr Wigan received an MBE for service to art in July 2007 and holds several records, including the world's smallest hand-made sculpture.

Dr Wigan received an MBE for service to art in July 2007 and holds several records, including the world’s smallest hand-made sculpture.

Dr Wigan received an MBE for Service to Art in July 2007 and holds several records, including the world’s smallest hand-made sculpture.

The sculpture of a human embryo made from a fiber from his carpet was placed inside a hollowed out strand of his hair and measured 0.07822 mm (78.22 microns).

His incredible work of art is so small that it needs a powerful microscope to magnify the object 250 times.

In 2012 he was appointed to commission a replica of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation crown which now stands at Buckingham Palace.

The Fury sculpture is one of 25 micro-sculptures that Dr Wigan is currently exhibiting at the Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery.

The universe - through the eye of a needle.  Each piece sits on a needle or pinhead and is crafted between heartbeats, allowing the self-taught artist to reduce hand tremors

The universe – through the eye of a needle. Each piece sits on a needle or pinhead and is crafted between heartbeats, allowing the self-taught artist to reduce hand tremors

Two little playmates are sitting next to a seesaw.  The artist first became interested in micro-sculpture at the age of five when he started making houses for ants because he believed they needed houses.

Two little playmates are sitting next to a seesaw. The artist first became interested in micro-sculpture at the age of five when he started making houses for ants because he believed they needed houses.

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