Images of Dalton Getty's brilliant pencil sculptures have been circulating on the net recently, and little wonder. Like the people who make sculptures on grains of rice, this Bridgeport native's manipulation of the everyday into the extrodinary has to be seen to be believe, perhaps made even more extrodinary because unlike the rice sculptures Getty creates his tiny sculptures without the aid of a magnifying glass.
As a result the pace of his work is excrutiatingly slow - to protect his vision he limits his work time to one and a half hours per day, max. One tiny sculpture may take several months, and one creation may take Dalton two and half years to complete, case in point (pardon the pun) is this alphabet below.
Amazingly Dalton does not use any special tools, relying on a simple blade, a sewing needle and a very bright light to create his mini masterpieces. And he's been at it for around 25 years. Kind of blows your mind don't it.
Dalton believes that his sculptures are forcing people to stay for at least a few moments and escape from the mad rhythm of modern life and see the beauty in miniature detail. Who are we to argue?