Tyson Fury’s microsculpture on display on the nail head


Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury was honored with a microsculpture so small it is displayed on the head of a nail.

The work, titled Hard As Nails, was created by Willard Wigan, a sculptor famous for his tiny compositions, and is on display in Birmingham.

Mr Wigan, 64, said he was inspired by Fury, whom he described as “the Muhammad Ali of modern times” and “one of the greatest boxers of all time”.

He told the PA News Agency: “His belief system inspires everyone.

“Me, when I do my job, I get bigger and bigger, you know, that’s why I’m the greatest micro-artist in the world.

“And I paid tribute to the greatest heavyweight, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.”

Mr. Wigan’s sculptures can measure up to 0.005mm and he places some in the eye of a needle.

The art is produced with an unusual set of tools – it sculpts with a piece of diamond attached to a thin hypodermic needle normally used in microsurgery.

He used the tool to make the Fury sculpture from a nylon cable tie, before painting it, he said, with one of his eyelashes.

“It’s a little tricky because once you start painting, if you put on too much paint, the head will start to look like Humpty Dumpty,” he said.

“Once I did, I turned it over to take a look at it, and I thought ‘hmmm… I think I have it there, you know I think I have it. have’.”

The work is on display at an exhibition of Mr. Wigan’s work at Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery, called Willard’s World Of Wonder.

And he is hoping that Fury himself could come and take a look.

“I would be the happiest man in the world if Tyson Fury came to see him, came to the show,” he said.

“I think I would grow wings and fly around the room.”

Fury, 33, retained his WBC heavyweight title in a deadly fight with Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas last weekend.

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