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Micro-Shakespeare to mark 400th death anniv of Bard!

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London: A British artist famed for his tiny sculptures has created a microscopic William Shakespeare to mark the 400th death anniversary of the famed playwright.

Willard Wigan, whose works are so small they can fit inside the eye of a needle, has dubbed the creation “To See or Not to See”. Smaller than a full stop in a newspaper and only viewable with a microscope, the piece took four weeks to complete.

It is on display at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton, ahead of the anniversary falling on April 23. Wigan, who was born in Birmingham, said the work “took every ounce of my skill and took a lot out of me”.


“Shakespeare is the greatest storyteller the world has ever known, and as I’m the world’s leading micro-sculptor, I wanted to honour him in the best way I can,” he said. “The most difficult aspect was getting his proportions right, but I’m really pleased with the result,” Wigan was quoted as saying by the BBC.

The micro-Shakespeare has been made from synthetic materials, painted using a floating fibre plucked from the air as a brush.

It is surrounded by an 18-carat Elizabethan-style frame with the words “To see or not to see” underneath. There will be 30 microscopic pieces on show including “Noddy Holder in a Needle”.

Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564 and he died there on April 23, 1616.

Known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities and metropolises for more than 400 years. And yet, the personal history of William Shakespeare is somewhat a mystery. There are two primary sources that provide historians with a basic outline of his life. One source is his work—the plays, poems and sonnets—and the other is official documentation such as church and court records. However, these only provide brief sketches of specific events in his life and provide little on the person who experienced those events.