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Tower of Babel
The Tower of Babel, built with obsidian stone from the ancient Sumeric mines of Ur-safel-kanim. The building was destroyed in an earthquake (6241 BCE) just 2 years after its completion leading to the modern day Tower of Babel myth. The model is based on recently discovered architectural plans. (See the Archeological Journal of Ancient Artifact's January issue for more details)
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  June 24, 2014
Outstanding build!
Arthur Gugick
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Dr. Monster
  November 15, 2013
WOW! Very impressive! Great techniques and amazing architecture. Very well done.
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  November 15, 2013
Congrats on MOTD!
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  November 15, 2013
Wow! that is epic!
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  November 15, 2013
I'm not sure if the words in our language could sum up this mind-blowing creation. It is phenomenally life-like, and wow . . . Very well done.
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  November 15, 2013
incredible building, no comment.. i'm impressed, great! :D
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  November 15, 2013
Wow! Absolutely jaw-dropping work here! All the textures and the shape of the center tower fit together perfectly!
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  November 15, 2013
Also: any red that shows up in the pictures is not actually built into the model. Just some weird bizarre lighting effect that occurred when they were photographing over at Princeton's Institute of Archeological Studies and Bible Lore. A personal thanks to Dr. Tetterman of the Brookings Institute, Drs. Peelson and Schmidt of Harvard University and Dr. Nussbaum of the Princeton Institute for all their help and encouragement and knowledge which helped complete this five year project. The model is currently on display at the Library of Congress (second floor. The Jefferson Room)!!
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  November 15, 2013
This is really a masterpiece, it is full of amazing details. I am still so amazed by it just like when I first saw it on flickr two years ago. Thank you!
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  November 15, 2013
nice!
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  November 15, 2013
This is AMAZING...
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  November 15, 2013
Weird!!! The Tower of Babel was completed on November the 15th and it's MOTD on November 15th. How weird is that?!?!?!?
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  November 15, 2013
The second time this is MotD strange, very strange.
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  August 22, 2012
Exceedingly gothic. I could well imagine this as the home of humanity's greatest tyrant or darkest religion, or both. Very grand indeed. -Ben
Arthur Gugick
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White Knight
  June 18, 2012
Simply Awesome !!>....well done
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  June 18, 2012
@mister bones, your view of Christian beliefs is very skewed, most Christians believe that the earth and creation are about 10,000 years old or more. It really all comes down to the argument of "are the days of creation that are referred to in the Bible literal days or a longer period of time?" And at everyone else hating on the Christian belief of Babel, The Holy Bible is the only solid piece of evidence given in that time period, some might say that the layers in the crust say it dates back farther then how the Bible lines up with it, but giant floods(Noah's Flood) and volcanic eruption can cause massive amounts of sediment to form rapidly, giving the appearance of many layers of crust. BTW the creation is excellent I just don't agree with the description that's all.
  June 18, 2012
I agree with Caleb Smith.
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  June 18, 2012
Better than the real thing!
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  June 18, 2012
This is amazing!!!!!5/5
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  June 18, 2012
Awesome job on MOTD! But I'm confused is this a real building or just a rumor?
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  June 18, 2012
sweet!!!!!
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  June 18, 2012
Great MOC! But it's not a myth. I understand if you have other beliefs but I encourage you to read genesis.
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  June 18, 2012
Now that's what I call MOTD! Congrats!
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  June 18, 2012
very good part usage! 5/5
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  June 18, 2012
The real Tower of Babel was in the shape of a Ziggurat, but still a very nice job!
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  June 18, 2012
Superb building techniques and detailing, this is a architectural recreation masterpiece.
  June 18, 2012
The parts you used are so "common" and the result is so "uncommon"... WOW!!! Tremendous work. The design without the texturing could be quite simple but the final result left me speechless. I learnt a lot today, again. COngrats for the quality of your pics, too. It is hard to get good pics with black bricks. At last (I say it here), your software about spheres inspired some French guys and I'm using one of them right now. Thank you SO much for helping us -little builders- to improve our technics. Respect.
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  June 18, 2012
I like it when I open the home page and simply say 'wow'.
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  June 18, 2012
Wow, great job! Not quite what I pictured the tower of babel to look like, but I guess no two minds think alike! Great representation any ways. :D God Bless ~ David.
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  June 18, 2012
Thats a lot of 1x1 brick hinge pieces...fantastic job and congrats an a well deserved motd!
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  June 18, 2012
Honestly, I'm speechless.
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  June 18, 2012
Awesome MOTD!
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  June 18, 2012
unique lego pieces! awesome job!! congrats on MOTD
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  December 21, 2011
Nice detail. The suspected historical site is interesting in and of itself, if you want to look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etemenanki
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  June 24, 2011
You can't be only one person doing so much outstanding pieces of work ! Or may be an alien with a whole bunch of arms and hands ? I ranked this one but all your creations deserve 5 smileys and I love it all. Keep on going !
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  March 18, 2011
Absolutely stunning details. This just blows my mind! You are one extremely talented person.
Arthur Gugick
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Toa Oblivious ,Master of Earth
  March 17, 2011
cool!
Arthur Gugick
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Sam Knavel
  March 17, 2011
Excellent, I love all the little detail put into this!!!!
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  March 17, 2011
Amazing architectural details there. Despite the potential religious backlash that could be incurred due to the fabrication of references, it was still a monumental undertaking of epic proportions!
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  March 17, 2011
WAOW!!! O_O
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  March 17, 2011
The detail is incredible.
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  March 17, 2011
Dude!! You really had us going there! I've been looking for a show on Discovery, but no luck...No wonder. It's still a great build, and who knows, maybe that's exactly what it looked like!
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  March 17, 2011
Quoting Arthur Gugick That something was 100% bull
Well Arthur after making a mistake like that (which I do all the time as well) you took the corrective steps to fix it. Top marks for that. Also as far as getting "carried away" with the intricate detail, I definitely believe you did a fantastic job. It is perhaps the best non-sci-fi greebles I have seen in a long time. Next time just get your facts right though...;)
  March 17, 2011
Really? That is pretty insane, but we still appreciate your work.
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  March 17, 2011
Sorry. Real sorry. But I made the entire thing up. This will make it sound worse: I had never intended to build the Tower of Babel. It actually started out as a black gothic castle that was sort of modeled on Vlad the Impaler's (whom Dracula is based upon) castle (I think its Hunyard castle?) I was going to call it Dracula's castle. (Thats why there's lava/fire inside and outside the MOC). As I built and built and built the entire thing got out of control. It turned into an exercise in making the most intricate patterns within the smallest spaces. The name was given post-build. When I posted it I realized that I needed to write something. That something was 100% bull: the obsidian mines, the city, the journal. For the record its not the first time I've done this. The spaceship I built, some of the mosaics, etc. are complete falsehoods. I suspect that it won't be the last. Arthur
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  March 15, 2011
You sir are a madman.
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  March 15, 2011
Amazing ... ( I just can't say more cuz I'm impressed) o_0
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  March 15, 2011
Whoa... nice build! I do understand those who are claiming offense at your write-up though... you are, of course, entitled to your own beliefs, but labeling a bible passage as nothing more than myth will garner some angered responses. Still, slightly insensitive write-up aside, this is a great build, and I'd love to see more like it.
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  March 14, 2011
This is an aesthetically perfect MOC. Kudos on the build. But, I strongly disagree with this--"The building was destroyed in an earthquake (6241 BCE) just 2 years after its completion leading to the modern day Tower of Babel myth." Just because the Tower of Babel was destroyed by an earthquake does not mean that the earthquake was not the calamity described in the Bible. God could have used an earthquake to punish the incredibly wicked people living at that time. How do you know it is a myth?
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  March 14, 2011
My Mum shouted at me for dribbling on the carpet after seeing this! Bravets!
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  March 14, 2011
Fantastic work on the texture. Great use of Lego parts
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  March 13, 2011
Wow Arthur! Sinister! Sinister enough to warrant being cursed into being a multi-lingual rce! Yikes! And might I add, Yikesy-dikes!
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  March 13, 2011
Wow Arthur! Sinister! Sinister enough to warrant being cursed into being a multi-lingual rce! Yikes! And might I add, Yikesy-dikes!
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  March 12, 2011
Amazing!
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  March 12, 2011
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!! could you check this out?:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/256951
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  March 12, 2011
Astonishing! Needless to say, a true work of art.
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  March 12, 2011
I can't think of anything else to say than wow. Just wow.
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  March 12, 2011
wow, this is really nice
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  March 12, 2011
Although you say that you didn't mean to insult anyone's religion you still called it a myth, you could have just left that part out! And I totally believe in the biblical story. And BTW to all you out there saying that it looks too modern a lot of archeological finds suggest that humans started out advanced and became less advanced. Read this article he explains it. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v20/i2/ancient.asp Although it is written by a christian there are quotes from evolutionists in there. And also....THIS IS A FREAKIN' AWESOME BUILD!!!!
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  March 12, 2011
holy freaking cow! that is one amazing build! great job!
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  March 12, 2011
I reread the text, can't believe it was that old. Another 2000 years +/- older than the Pyramids or Stone Henge, eh? There must have been civilizations that existed during or before the last ice age...Couldn't find that journal, do you have a link? Thanks!
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  March 12, 2011
Quoting Ryan Hanson I was just thinking that I had too many black bricks since they are beginning to overflow the drawer they are in. Then I saw this, and after I huddled in a corner with my blankie for a while, I realized that I don't have anywhere near enough black. Excellent work!
I had been saving up pieces for this project for close to three years. There are parts from pick-a-brick Orlando, Legoland California, Legoland Windsor, just to name a few places I've travelled to in order to get quantities of parts.
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  March 12, 2011
I was just thinking that I had too many black bricks since they are beginning to overflow the drawer they are in. Then I saw this, and after I huddled in a corner with my blankie for a while, I realized that I don't have anywhere near enough black. Excellent work!
Arthur Gugick
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King Hunter Hunter Russ
  March 10, 2011
awsome i love it check out my creations. TTYL Thanks Hunter
Arthur Gugick
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Slower Pie
  March 9, 2011
This is awesome. But you really need to change "Myth" to "Story" like the Lt. said. You might get a lot of heat if you don't. Some people will attack you day and night if they see that. Just warning you. (Not that, I'm gonna do it or anything crazy like that! XD)
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  March 9, 2011
This is truly stunning!
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  March 9, 2011
Thats a really cool creation you should join my new group Custom Creations plenty of people will show creations like that and you can share that with them.
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  March 9, 2011
I meant to comment the other day, and it slipped my mind until someone reminded me. This is an absolute STUNNING build Arthur! The amount of details is astounding! I sure hope you're able to bring this to BW this year so I can get a real up close look. As for the Charlie Sheens of the group, don't mind them....they've just been drinking too much tiger blood. It's amazing how offended people get over someone else's beliefs. To each their own I suppose.
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  March 9, 2011
Very nice details, and use of the brick.
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  March 9, 2011
Magnificent work, based on recently discovered plans ? interesting, I love your work, great job !
Quoting Lt. John Harland For the record the story behind the Tower of Babel recorded in the Bible is fact rather than myth. If you disagree it would be best to say "story" rather than "myth"
It's not because some book sais so it's actually is true
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  March 9, 2011
What a beautiful piece of art. This goes so far beyond a MOC that it must be deemed art. You Sir, are a genius with the brick. 6241 BCE huh? Well, I know folks that would tell you nothing was here more than 6000 years ago because the bible says so. They also think the dinosaurs existed alongside man, if they even admit they existed. But enough of that nuttiness. I am going to finish this comment so I can look at the stunning creation you have made again!
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  March 9, 2011
Quoting Lt. John Harland For the record the story behind the Tower of Babel recorded in the Bible is fact rather than myth. If you disagree it would be best to say "story" rather than "myth"
I think you meant to say:"If you AGREE it would be best to say "story" rather than "myth". I have built cathedrals, temples, mosques, and shrines. I build them because they are architectural wonders. I build without regard to religion and/or the meaning behind the building. Sorry if I offended you. It was not my intent. BTW: Please cross check my facts with your spiritual advisor and get back to me on the validity of what I've written.
Arthur Gugick
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karsten Rees
  March 8, 2011
i love it it is one of my favorite bible stories why is it surrounded by lava?
  March 8, 2011
For the record the story behind the Tower of Babel recorded in the Bible is fact rather than myth. If you disagree it would be best to say "story" rather than "myth"
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  March 8, 2011
Expertly crafted.
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  March 8, 2011
Breathtaking!
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  March 7, 2011
Amazing! But yes I believe God did it. People are always trying to deny that god exists. They'll learn one day...
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  March 7, 2011
This is absoluty gorgeous !!!!!
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  March 6, 2011
Very cool build 'studying all the pieces used.' What will you do next?!
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  March 6, 2011
good build, although facts are wrong. @martin, don't insult people's religions and don't call it a fable.
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  March 6, 2011
Nice
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  March 6, 2011
Really mind opening stuff here, thanks for your hard work!
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  March 6, 2011
Mighty darn fine. He's talking about the Christian fable of the tower of Babel. A meeting place for all the people of the earth, supposedly god destroyed it and split the people of the earth and made them speak all different languages. When in reality it was probably built by slave workers, and people saying it was god destroying it in anger, are just living off the reality that these people had no clue what a fault line was, let alone where it could be. As the mine for the obsidian was relatively close by, they would have easily put it on a subterranean fracture. Nature beats God any day. :-D Very nice representation, and amazing use of parts and techniques.
Arthur Gugick
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August Russ
  March 5, 2011
Amazing! How did you have so many black pieces?
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  March 5, 2011
This is beautiful.
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  March 5, 2011
Really cool, and nice textures! BTW, what myth are you talking about?
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  March 5, 2011
Gorgeous textural work, Arthur!!! This one's an absolute knockout - wow!
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  March 5, 2011
All the different textures on this are gorgeous! I especially like the bended minifig legs at the top. Btw, could you post a like to the article you mentioned?
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  March 5, 2011
I hope you bring it to Brickfair 2011!
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  March 5, 2011
Looks nice...but I don't think they built building that look so "modern."
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  March 5, 2011
As is often the case with your creations, I am speechless.~H
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  March 5, 2011
Wow great work of art you got here!!! Masterpiece!!! You really have a talent in microscale. The detail on the walls is most impressive! Keep it up.
  March 5, 2011
Wow! The build is very impressive!
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  March 5, 2011
amazing! i love it!
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  March 5, 2011
So my friend, I dont know where you got all these pieces from but that is just great! Keep it up dude! 5/5
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  March 5, 2011
Looks fantastic!
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  March 5, 2011
WOW! That is simply stunning! I would never be able to make something like that, even if I worked for the rest of my life! As far as the backstory goes, I wouldn't be so quick to call it a myth...just my personal opinion ;) But besides that, I love this creation to death!
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  March 5, 2011
By far the most enormous and intricate single microscale build I've ever seen, stunning work all around.
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  March 5, 2011
Mind numbing detail! You've really outdone yourself with this one, Dude. Excellent achievement!
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  March 5, 2011
This is awesome
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  March 5, 2011
This is awesome
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  March 5, 2011
This is incredibly detailed... great MOC!
  March 5, 2011
WOW!!!!! 0_0 THAT IS AMAZING!
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  March 5, 2011
Incredible! Just amazing... :O
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  March 5, 2011
I am awestruck...
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  March 5, 2011
WOW!!! This is brilliant, How many pieces XD
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  March 5, 2011
Incredible! No words to describe it!
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  March 5, 2011
Amazing!
 
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