Sunday, 3 April 2011

Retired Farmer Builds Scale Model Of Ancient King Herod's Temple

Alec Garrard, a retired farmer from Norfolk England, has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of a King Herod's temple. He has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient temple, which measures a whopping 20ft by 12ft.

The pensioner has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards.

(thanks Cora)

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Gerard: If you're going to cut and paste an article, the least you could do is credit the original source! In this case it's the Telegraph newspaper in England. The article was published 2 years ago here:

There are 19 photographs of the Temple taken from various angles including close-ups. Just follow the link above.

Personally I admire the labor of love that is going into this model. As a Christian I'm fascinated by the architecture, the attention to the smallest details, the accuracy of proportion, the colors, lighting, everything. It's a bit like being able to go back in time and 'walk' through the court and building.

Alec Garrard's accuracy is reflected even in the Temple priest's garments and colors of the various garments, miter, sash, decorations, even down to the ephod and the 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. (Photograph 7 from the original article)

Gerard said...

Anonymous, it is custom behaviour to credit the source where you got the article. The link was sent to me by a reader as you can see at the bottom of the post.