July 14, 2015 / 4:05 PM / 2 years ago

In the eye of needle, tiny art work on display at "Antsibition"

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Art work of tiny proportions goes on display in London this week, showcasing small-scale figurines at an "ant-sized" exhibition.

Ahead of Friday's release of Marvel's latest cinematic offering "Ant-Man", micro-artist Willard Wigan has recreated the superhero, who can shrink in size but grow in power, on a very small scale -- in the eye of a needle.

The figurine is so minute it has to be viewed properly through a microscope, as with most of Wigan's work.

At "Antsibition", his tiny "Ant-Man" is on display alongside other pieces measuring only a few micromillimetres, such as a skateboarder on the end of an eye lash and a Harley motorbike, also sitting in the eye of a needle.

"I don't enjoy doing this work because it drives me insane but I get pleasure when I finish it," Wigan told Reuters.

"That's the drive...the end result, the finish."

Wigan began creating the tiny work at the age of five when he made houses for ants -- one of which is also on display at "Antsibition" in a gallery itself made up of a small room at London's Old Street station.

He makes his own small tools -- such as tweezers made from a dead wasp's sting and paints with a fly's hair.

"If you make a mistake as you're painting...the whole thing will be a total shambles," he said. "Anything I do, it's microns of movement, I have to be a dead man working. Everything has to be so still, sometimes I find myself going cold."

"Ant-Man", which stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, is released on July 17. (Reporting By Helena Williams; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian)

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