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Tiny Sculptures

Opal Micro-Sculptures

Tiny Sculptures is a collection of tiny opal sculptures created by me, Michael Allen Bauer. As a G.I. in Vietnam, I witnessed terrible suffering. As a result, I struggle with PTSD and anxiety, making it difficult to form close relationships. Loud noises and war movies often trigger my PTSD. But I have found comfort in creating tiny opal sculptures. For this work, I use a magnifying glass, a rotary cutter, sand paper, and a polishing tool. Opals are difficult to carve. I have to be careful to cut away only what’s needed, because I can’t add back what I have already taken off. Although each piece takes decades to complete, the creative process helps diminish my anxiety. My art provides a positive way for me to leave a legacy of kindness and peace—reversing the effects of war. The truly tiny size and complexity of these works of art can be fully appreciated by seeing them for yourself downtown at Veteran's Memorial Park. Photography by Edward Bussa

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 5 inches
  • Medium: Opal
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 60 inches

About Opal Micro-Sculptures

As a team we are dedicated to revealing the work of sculptor and artist Michael Allen Bauer. The extremely tiny size combined with intense color complexity of the micro-sculptures requires collaborative effort to bring these expressions to a larger than life size that can be appreciated by everyone.