Wolverhampton artist creates incredible micro-sculpture of T-rex measuring just half a millimeter
Dr. Willard Wigan MBE, known for his artwork including a model of the Queen for the Platinum Jubilee, designed the coin for Titus T.rex is King’s birthday.
The exhibit – which opened last year and features the first real T-rex to be shown in England for more than a century – is located at the Wollaton Hall Museum of Natural History.
And now Dr Wigan’s coin, which is in the eye of a needle, will be placed next to it – visitors needing a microscope to see it properly at the Nottingham site.
The sculptor said, “It is a real honor to display one of my sculptures alongside the breathtaking Titus T. rex exhibit. The Wollaton Hall Museum of Natural History is renowned for housing rare specimens from around the world, including Titus himself, which made it the perfect home for my T. rex sculpture.
Dr Wigan said his job is to send a message to humanity that just because people can’t see something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. He added that placing his micro-sculpture next to an actual T. rex helps elevate his message.
The exhibition opened in July last year to international acclaim. More than 70,000 visitors have already met Titus and taken part in the bespoke interactive exhibition designed around him.
Rachael Evans, Museum Development Manager at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries at Wollaton Hall, said: “It’s an amazing moment for us. We will have one of the largest dinosaurs ever on display in the UK at the sides of one of the smaller ones.The T. rex that was shown at the exhibit is 0.5mm tall, with tiny glass teeth.
“Since new information about the T. rex was researched and made available, Willard has redesigned the sculpture to be as accurate as possible in its depiction. We look forward to seeing our visitors’ reaction to this new addition.”
Tickets cost £13 for an adult and £8.75 for a child under 16, students and concessions. Children under three years old are free with accompanying persons.