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WILLARD WIGEN'S TINY SCULPTURES - A NUMISMATIC CONNECTION?Dick Johnson writes:
How do you justify the inclusion of the item of the artist creating the micro statues in last week's issue? I see no numismatic connection.
Well, the item was submitted by R.V. Dewey and appeared just after his piece on what he believes to be hidden images engraved on a coin by James Longacre. I believe R.V. meant to show nonbelievers that yes, artists can and do create artwork on an incredibly small scale. That does nothing to prove that Longacre indeed created microimages on coins, of course, but that's one connection to numismatics.
The other connection was mentioned in my introduction - the previous week we'd discussed the "World's Smallest Engraving" (Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin) which wasn't suggested by R.V. but serendipitously appeared that week on the internet. I thought the images were phenomenal and would be appreciated by our readers. These take tiny two-dimensional engraving to the next level - three dimensional sculptures.
I was blown away by the boxing ring on the head of a match. Wigen has developed a unique talent, and must be one of the most disciplined and patient beings on the planet.
To read the earlier E-Asylum article, see: WILLARD WIGEN: THE WORLD'S TINIEST SCULPTURES (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v11n46a21.html)
By the way, I'd like to again thank John Nebel for his work on The E-Sylum archive on the NBS web site. Our change to the new HTML format broke his program that splits each week's issue into individual web pages. John was able to fix the problem, and the archive is fully up to date again. Links like those above are now once again possible. Thanks! -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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