Retired Farmer Spends 30 Years Building Scale Model of Herod’s Temple

Alec Garrard, an 80-year-old retired farmer from Norfolk, England, has spent the last thirty years working on a 1:100 scale model of Herod’s Biblical Temple.

Mr. Garrard has liked creating models all his life, but as he was getting older, he began thinking about a single big project that would see him through to the end of his life. Having always been interested in architecture and religion, the retired farmer thought to combine his two passions and create a unique scale model of Herod’s Temple. He had seen one or two other models of the structure during Biblical exhibitions, but he didn’t find them accurate enough, and he knew he could do better.

The expert model-maker started working on the project when he was in his 40’s. He first spent more than three years just researching the Biblical temple and then began constructing the model, exclusively by hand. The retired farmer cut the plywood frames of the temple walls, baked all the clay bricks in the oven and then stuck them together, and even sculpted and painted 4,000 half-an-inch figurines and dressed them in costumes. It looks absolutely amazing, but Alec Garrard says “I have been working on it for decades, but it will never be finished as I’m always finding something new to add”.

Geoff Robinson Photography

According to historical experts, the model created by Garrard is the world’s most accurate representation of how Herod’s Temple must have looked like before the Romans destroyed it 2,000 years ago. The 1:100 scale replica measures and incredible 20 feet by 12 feet and has already attracted thousands of people from all around the world, curious to see this modern-day wonder of Biblical proportions. Alec Garrard’s model of Herod’s Temple is currently stored in a huge building in his backyard, where he offers visitors binoculars so they can see all the details of his incredible creation.

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

Geoff Robinson Photography

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Feedback (12 Comments)

  • allen derico Posted on April 5, 2011

    This is what happens when people have way too much time on their hands!

  • Ozmaydius Posted on April 9, 2011

    wat like 30 years of free time, wud be different if it took him a year

  • huckleberry muckelroy Posted on April 19, 2011

    It could have taken just 10 years, but he had to use pi=3.0

  • James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil Posted on April 22, 2011

    Imagine if he had spent that time and resources doing something useful! Instead, he wasted all of it on a fake religious image that will do no one any good at all.

    Most of the problems of the world are, and always have been, caused by religion. For example, 9/11, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and family planning clinic bombing in the USA. Then there were the crusades, the inquisition, and the dark ages. Get the idea?

    Humanity will never truly be free until the black yoke of religion is lifted by the clear light of truth and rational thinking.

  • dan Posted on April 25, 2011

    I think you’re missing the point of a bored man who turned his free time into something amazing. He could have spent his time like me, browsing the web while watching Star Trek, but he made that instead. Sure we both could go donate our free time to social justice, but thats not how the world works. This man just might not be that type of person. In fact, he’s one of the lucky few who has discovered his own talents and enjoys working with them.

  • skippy mcgee Posted on April 26, 2011

    James, you give up all of your hobbies and free time for the next thirty years of your life helping people make the world a better place, then you can tell other people how to spend their free time.

    I am truly impressed with this and would love to see it up close.

  • John Posted on April 26, 2011

    James, yes, some bad things have been done in the name of religion, but many good things have been done as well. Many fine charities are run by religious organizations.

    Bad thing are done because man has the capability of doing evil. Stalin was an atheist and he killed millions. Do you condemn atheists because Stalin was a butcher? Mankind has the capability of doing good or evil and both can be done in the name of religion.

    This man has done a great job on the temple. From what I read in the article, he didn’t do it full time, which is why it took so long to do. He is very talented and wanted to display his talents.

  • @richardkpage Posted on September 12, 2011

    I think this gentleman is the a genius and an artist beyond measure

  • Keen Posted on January 9, 2012

    Yes, this finr piece of art i really amazing….I was just browsing on some wire sculptures but when i glanced at this I really had to see it…Im really inspired by his work!