Willard Wigan Makes the Smallest Handmade Sculpture in History…In a Piece of Beard Stubble

Using a single hollowed out piece of his own beard stubble, microscopy artist Willard Wigan has created the world’s smallest sculpture. Under the microscope he turned a tiny flake of gold into a motorbike and inserted it into the 0.0035inch piece of stubble. With patience, dexterity, and extreme focus, Wigan has to hold his breath and make his movements between heartbeats. He challenges himself to make each fragile, miniature masterpieces more detailed and smaller than the previous ones. He has created several sculptures in the eye of a needle, but this beard stubble one gives a whole new meaning to the word tiny.

First Tintype Photographs In A Combat Zone Since The Civil War

Between combat missions in Afghanistan, Air Force defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist, Ed Drew allowed art to keep his mind busy. With his old fashioned tin type photography equipment, Drew contrasted the past with the present. The photographs taken from the Civil War all used the tin type process and this technique has not been used in a combat zone since. On a 3 month deployment from April to June 2013, Drew captured these still portraits of his team, like a time warp back to 1865.

Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

The Top 50 Art Blogs to Follow

To continually cure your eyeball boredom, we are constantly keeping tabs on the internet’s finest content. As a Column Five project, we love uniting data with design, but we also like to highlight incredible artists, new technologies and amazing people. We have compiled a list of the 50 Top Art Blogs that we love to follow and think you will too. Since we’re crazy about data, we ranked our favorite blogs by the number of Facebook likes.

Physicist Jonty Hurwitz Creates Tiniest Sculpture of The Human Form Ever Made

There is a fine line between art and science and Jonty Hurwitz likes to dance upon it. With an engineering degree under his belt, Hurwitz crunches numbers like a pro and has found a way to create the tiniest sculpture of the human form this world has ever seen. His prototype has been 3D printed in nanoscale and is so itsy bitsy that it can fit into the eye of a needle- and you’d still need a microscope to make out what it is.

These Miniature Jewelry Box Dioramas Put The Traditional Shoebox Dioramas to Shame

Remember transforming a shoe box into a scene from history or a class novel back in your elementary school days? Well there is an amazing artist who has taken the elementary creativity up a notch and down a size to create jewelry box dioramas. Working out of his studio in Toronto, Canada, Canadian-Trinidadian artist TALWST creates mixed media and performance arts that explore art history and cultural contrast. These dioramas, though tiny, carry big messages as well as political commentary. The one featured above is called “Execution of Michael Brown”.

Interactive Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Become The Art

In the Phillipines, there is an art gallery that takes the word “interactive” to the next level. Each piece requires human interaction to come to life and with the proper perspective, the optical illusions pop. Known as Art in Island, the gallery has been set up in what used to be a bus station. Why spend all day admiring other people’s work when you can step into a piece of art and become it?

Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.

3D Printed Sculptures of Star Wars Characters With Buddha Bellies Are the Perfect Desk Accessory

With big round bellies that remind us to let go of attachment and enjoy life, Buddha statues get a pop culture make over. Artist Chris Milnes had the brilliant idea of creating 3D printed statues that put a new twist on the Buddha statue that adorns so many fireplaces, desks, and gardens throughout the world. He replaced the Buddha’s head with each of your favorite Star Wars heroes and villains. The statues are available for purchase in his Etsy shop and come in 3 different sizes. They come signed and dated. What could be a better reminder to live your life than a Yoda/Buddha mash-up on your nightstand?

Rubiks Snake Lamp Has Many Different Formations And They Are All Super Sleek

If you were a child in the 70’s or a vintage toy collector, you might have heard of the Rubik’s Snake. Russian designers Oikimus Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikimus Design have shined a new light on that clever concept. They have created a stylish lamp out of plywood, LEDs, and frosted Plexiglass, with hinges that allow the parts to move and rotate into many sleek formations.