Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Acquires World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Micro-Sculptures

ORLANDO,  (July 29, 2012) – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is now the biggest owner of some the smallest – and most unbelievable – works of art in the world.

Creations are so tiny that they can only be seen with a microscope; artist-creator Willard Wigan to hold media availability at Ripley corporate offices on July 30.

Ripley’s has acquired 97 creations by artist Willard Wigan. Wigan’s sculptures are so tiny that most sit on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle – and are barely visible with the naked eye. Other owners of his works include Prince Charles, Elton John, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell.

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“In 35 years of working for Ripley’s, I have never seen anything as amazing as Willard’s work,” said Edward Meyer, Ripley’s VP of Exhibits and Archives. “It is truly unbelievable, each piece is more amazing that the previous one. Being able to display so many of his masterpieces in our museums is a dream come true.”   

Viewed under a microscope, Wigan’s creations come to life and are certain to amaze anyone who views them; the realistic detail of the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle or Homer and Bart Simpson on the head of a pin boggle the mind. 

You have to see it to believe it!

Members of the media can see the world’s smallest micro-sculptures for themselves and interview Willard Wigan during a rare media availability on Monday, July 30 from 10 am to 1 pm at Ripley’s corporate headquarters in Orlando.  Microscopes will be available to view the sculptures and images will also be projected onto a big screen monitor.

 

  • Find out what motivated Wigan to work on a micro-level
  • Learn how he carves a grain of sand or paints with a single hair from the head of a fly
  • Hear him describe how he times his movements around his breathing and heartbeat

Public viewing of the Ripley’s collection 

Some of the Ripley’s collection of Wigan miniatures are now on display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums in Hollywood, New York City and Baltimore.  Other Ripley’s attractions will be getting Wigan displays in the coming months, and starting in March of 2013 several of the pieces will be part of a travelling exhibit called “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” The exhibit will tour 18 science museums around the country, including Orlando.

Wigan’s works of wonder are also featured in the upcoming Ripley’s annual, Download the Weird, due out in September.

  • Don’t miss this rare chance to see these miniature marvels!
  • Media interested in attending the July 30 availability should rsvp to Tim O’Brien at Obrien@ripleys.com 
  • Downloadable images of Ripley’s collection of Willard Wigan are available in Ripley’s on-line Newsroom.  

Media Contacts

Tim O’Brien                                                                     
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
(615) 646-7465 – office
(615) 496-5949 – cell
Obrien@ripleys.com

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.   

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 12 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 10 countries. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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