BEATLE legend John Lennon was recreated in miniature for a new exhibition of art small enough to fit in the eye of a needle.
Microscopic sculptor Willard Wigan launched his latest show at Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel gallery yesterday.
The sculpture of Lennon pictures him as he was in the late 1960s, complete with his trademark round glasses.
The 52-year-old artist said: “It is a bust of Lennon in the eye of a needle and it is perfectly proportioned.
“I am talking very tiny – people are going to be in for a shock.
“The glasses have got real glass in them and that was a tough one.”
Mr Wigan, from Birmingham, said he could not wait to return to Liverpool after exhibiting in Capital of Culture year.
He said: “I love the layout of the gallery, which suits my work to a tee, plus the people are lovely – they always make me laugh.
“The city quite surprised me as well. The way they have developed it is amazing.”
Mr Wigan started creating his artwork, which is only visible through a microscope, when as a child of five he spent many hours with a shard from his father’s razor, making minute homes and furniture for ants.
He was encouraged by his mother, who told him he should persevere with his tiny art because the smaller the work, the bigger his name might be.
Two years ago, he was awarded an MBE for services to art.