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Taj Mahal
My newest MOC, India’s Taj Mahal, is a commissioned piece made for an Australian film called Taj. It's a redemption story about an Indian man Vjay (Indian as in India, not North America) who rebuilds a relationship with his 10-year-old daughter from who he has been estranged since the breakup of his marriage to her mother. What brings them together is the chance finding of thousands of white Lego pieces at a garage sale. They decide to build the Taj Mahal over several weekends. The film’s producer, Winston Furlong, asked me to build a model of the Taj Mahal that incorporated the best features of the previous two models I had built. So it is not surprising that some of the designed elements (the turrets, the reflecting pool, etc.) have similarities to the two previous models. The producer had some other requirements that I needed to incorporate into the model. First was the idea of “simple elegance”. I needed to remember that the model was being built by a precocious teen-ager (with the help of her grandfather who is an architect) so I tried not to use any advanced building techniques (ie. SNOT, etc.). Second was the fact the model occasionally gets damaged (there’s one scene where Vjay tips the entire model) so not only does the entire model neatly fall apart into 40 some odd pieces, but each of the individual designed elements (turrets, archways, bases, etc.) further fall apart along pre-designed fracture points. This build was also unique for me as I allowed the producer full creative rights… thereby allowing him to ask for changes and modifications (even if I didn’t agree). With any luck I’ll be heading off to Australia this summer with the model to be the Lego “expert” during some of the movie’s filming. The producer is also ordering enough spare parts so that I (with some help) can produce a duplicate of the original model and some extra designed elements. The model’s first public display will be at Brickworld. Arthur
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  June 24, 2014
I read about this in Brickjournal. It's very cool!
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  June 5, 2011
So very much better than the licensed version.
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  November 19, 2009
incredible!!!!! it's beatiful!!!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Nate Swihart I very much like this version of the Taj Mahal. I'm curious though as to where you acquired the dimensions for building the Taj Mahal. Currently I am working on a model building project for a history class at my university and I am looking for detailed accurate measurements of the Taj Mahal, and I could use any help getting these measurements! Thanks, Nate
Everything was built from photos.
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  September 11, 2009
I very much like this version of the Taj Mahal. I'm curious though as to where you acquired the dimensions for building the Taj Mahal. Currently I am working on a model building project for a history class at my university and I am looking for detailed accurate measurements of the Taj Mahal, and I could use any help getting these measurements! Thanks, Nate
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  April 28, 2009
cool!
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  April 11, 2009
Wow! That is truly amazing. Apparently it gets smashed at the end of the movie? What a shame. They better get that scene right!
Arthur Gugick
erik smit
  February 1, 2009
I just found this page back because I was wondering how the film was doing... I hope it will eventually hit our movie theaters.
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  January 9, 2009
great job! nicer than official set (and seriously)
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  January 7, 2009
good golly golly! That's basically amazing!
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  September 25, 2008
The Model is superb!!! Thankyou Arther!! I can't begin to tell you how relieved I am to have you on this movie with us!! It captures all of my imagination!! Harvey Mawson, The Production Designer, "Taj"
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  August 23, 2008
Did you know that next month a taj mahal lego set is coming out for £200 ($400) and yet, this one is waaaaaay better!
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  August 22, 2008
WOW!!! all your creations are stunning! PLEASE can we be allies!?
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  July 24, 2008
Excellent work!
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  July 22, 2008
Another incredible creation. Superb work once again!!
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  July 5, 2008
SWEET! This is VERY well done...COOL! I agree with that Ausie below me...AUSTRALIA RULES!
Arthur Gugick
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erik smit
  July 2, 2008
AWESOME! And I want to see that movie !
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  July 2, 2008
nice but im trying to build one to i dont have enough piece so my next model is a lamborghini police very cool !!!
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  July 2, 2008
This is simply amazing!!! I can tell this took a lot of skill to make. My suggestion however, is to further challenge yourself and ad the trees and walkways on the front. But this is still brilliant! 5/5!
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  July 2, 2008
Dude, MOCotd! Again, excellent work! I love it.
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  July 2, 2008
Good detail the reflect on the "water".
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  July 2, 2008
Amazing! Didn't you have this on display at Brickworld '08?
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  July 2, 2008
I remember you posting this, it's phenomenal...no idea why I didn't review it earlier, congrats on MOTD.
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  July 2, 2008
wow! that Is amazing!! 100/100!!!
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  July 2, 2008
I would like to see that movie. You know, most people are either saying it's brilliant or you have too much time on your hands. IsNt iT oBvIoUs To yOu GuYs ThAt He'S bEiNg PaId FoR It!!!???!
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  July 2, 2008
very very good did you know the lego company is making a set of the taj mahal
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  July 2, 2008
Perfect. There are no words to describe this beautiful creation.
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  July 2, 2008
That is amazing! I need that many bricks.
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  July 2, 2008
THAT IS CRAZY MAN!!!!!!!!!!! How much time do ya have on ur hands? I do not have enough pieces to build this, but i do have enough time! Another GREAT MOC from you! keep up the GOOD work!
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  July 2, 2008
Nicely built, you must have been collecting tan pieces for quite a long time! Awesome job on the reflection on the water... undoubtedly, 5/5. Congratulations for this much-deserved MOC of the day!
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  July 2, 2008
this is very nice, I like how you did its reflection in the water, really good, the dome is very good too, great job
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  July 2, 2008
just deserve MOC of the day...
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  June 28, 2008
Very good. My favorite part is that it has to come apart at certain points. That is interesting to me (aren't I a boring parson like that). Anyways, great job. I want to see that movie, now!
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  June 19, 2008
Scary impressive. All the windows and that sphere. Wow. Good job!
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  May 17, 2008
I helped to do some of this (not really, but he let me put some of the SNOT on the bottom). He came and visited The Lynhuerst, and I made sure to go see him! It was lot's of fun, and cool to learn that pieces I've TOUCHED will be in a movie!
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  May 17, 2008
My only complaint is that it is lacking the trees in front. Otherwise it is superb.
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  May 17, 2008
Wow, one of the greatest pieces of lego architecture I've seen. Amazing work.
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  May 17, 2008
oh my god!!! its awesome! the coolest thing is the reflection in the water, i completely love it!
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  May 17, 2008
Well that looks like an utterly hard project!! Well done!
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  May 17, 2008
Congrats on this fascinating project, I look forward to seeing it at Brickworld.
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  May 17, 2008
Absolutly breathtaking to say the least. Great job!
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  May 16, 2008
Arthur, you already know I'm a fan and this build is one of your best! Congrates on the job! Maybe you and Ocean can raise a Fosters while your there! Did you say "Brickworld"? See ya there! Later ~ Chris.
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  May 16, 2008
impressive!! its a piece of art keep on going !! great moc's
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  May 16, 2008
Wow! Will you get you own trailer? ;D I cant wait to see the movie. Australia RULZ!
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  May 16, 2008
Amazing, it's the nuts, great detailing
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  May 16, 2008
Another beautiful creation, but the circustances surrounding it are out of this world! Although, it sounds like a real challenge to meet the clients criteria, what an opportunity. Congrats on the coolest commission I've heard of in some time, and great job on the MOC!
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  May 16, 2008
Turn your hobby into a job and you never have to work again - truly a work of art. Lee.
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  May 16, 2008
beautiful, very detailed too, does it have an interior
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  May 16, 2008
Oke this is sick dude :P I looks really realistic. Just like a photo. Good job ;)
 
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