Saturday, May 17, 2008

Taj Mahal

Name of Model: Taj Mahal
Created by: Arthur Gugick aka torgugick
Found at:
I've featured Arthur Gugick's awesome work before, but he just keeps getting better. This time out, he has redone an earlier model of his in a unique way that will allow it to be used as a prop in a film. One scene in the movie involves the table that the model is on falling over - and it is important to the producer that the model falls apart in a predictable way. Of course, some special methods were used to do that, but there are plenty of other exciting things going on here too. The reflecting pool is actually a mosaic. The largest dome is sculpted and positioned at a 45-degree angle. Gorgeous angle work makes a cylinder below that (and a similar technique is used on the corners too). The smaller domes are done with perfect studs-not-on-top technique, and the use of a variety of very small (1x1 brick or smaller) parts on the walls of the building makes the architecture convincing. I wasn't able to figure out who the producer was (apparently the producer had creative control and overruled the builder on a few details), but of course he/she deserves credit for putting this whole project together, finding an excellent builder to work with, and for whatever design details were his/her ideas. The movie Taj is still in production, and I have no idea if/when it will be in theatres, but I'm definitely interested in seeing it now!

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