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A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of a Biblical temple. Alec Garrard, 78, has dedicated a massive 33,000 hours to constructing the ancient Herod’s 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…

Mr Garrard, from Norfolk England, spent more than three years researching the Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans 2000 years ago and deemed to be one of the most remarkable buildings of ancient times. He then started to construct the amazing 1:100 scale model, which is now housed in a huge building in his back garden. “Everything is made by hand. I cut plywood frames for the walls and buildings and all the clay bricks and tiles were baked in the oven then stuck together,” he said. Mr Garrard sculpted and painted 4,000 figures, measuring just half an inch and all wearing their correct costumes including 32 versions of Jesus…  “I have been working on it for decades but it will never be finished as I’m always finding something new to add.”

More photos and background at Life to the Full Church.  [TotH to Presurfer]

For similarly amazing miniatures, see “This one makes you smaller…” and “Pencil it in…

 

As we clean our magnifying glasses, we might recall that it was on this date in 1989 that Orel Hershiser’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings pitched ended at 60, a record that still stands.  The streak began on August 30, 1988 and spanned mostly the end of the 88 season– in which Hershiser turned in one of the best single seasons in pitching history. He was unanimously selected as the Cy Young Award winner, with a record of 23–8 and a 2.26 ERA; he won (his first) Golden Glove; and he became the only player to receive the Cy Young award, the Championship Series MVP award, and the World Series MVP award in the same season.

Hershiser on the mound (source)

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