6:00am Thursday 17th October 2013
By Miranda Newey
RECEIVING damaged goods in the post would annoy anybody.
But when the broken item is a micro sculpture, which has taken weeks to perfectly craft, it is all the more devastating.
Artist Hedley Wiggan, aged 47, had spent hours perfecting a tiny sculpture of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix into a pencil nib for a customer in Paris.
The artwork had been sent to Bristol on its way to the French capital.
But the item was broken beyond repair when the buyer, who saw the package thrown over his fence by the person delivering it, opened the parcel.
Mr Wiggan, from Tonge Moor, said: “I was upset at first as that one had taken me three to four weeks but things like that always make me determined to do better.”
Fortunately, he had a another Jimi Hendrix micro sculpture he had made so is now considering how he can transport it safely and get it delivered in one piece.
The Tonge Moor artist has been contacted by people from across the world since he appeared on Channel 4’s Four Rooms earlier this year.
The show features people presenting artefacts they believe are valuable to experts, who then offer what they believe to be a fair price.
Judges on the show were impressed with his work and all wanted to buy his unique sculptures. Some people have contacted him after seeing the show and others have viewed his work on social networking website, Facebook.
Mr Wiggan said: “Somebody has asked me to do a Rolling Stones display with four members. I would like to do it as there would be quite a few different characteristics, such as Mick Jagger’s lips.”
When The Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant he crafted a miniature sculpture of the royal mum-to-be with her bump.
He said “People could actually look at the sculpture and say it’s Kate Middleton.
“It’s still bewildering to me when people do that as I think it’s only me that can see the likenesses. I have had people say to me they want their wives or children doing as sculptures but it’s very personal.”
Mr Wiggan is considering doing a sculpture of Prince William to join his creation of The Duchess.
He said he can easily spend eight hours at a time working on a piece.
Mr Wiggan is the younger brother of world-famous micro-sculptor Willard Wigan but the brothers spell their surnames differently.
Visit hedleywiggan.co.uk to view his work.
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