On our summer road trip this year, I was once again reminded of the importance of architectural models and miniatures. Not only are they beautiful, but they also help others understand the size, shape, scale, and proportions that are sometimes hard to see in drawings and photographs.
I came across the photo below on the website of the architecture firm that was commissioned to build the model. It shows the size of the model.
A touch screen video display near the model explains the purpose of each of the rooms. The model contains miniature versions of the hand painted wall murals inside and symbolic details carved into the exterior of the temple, as well as miniature reproductions of all of the light fixtures.
These close ups show some of the detail in each of the rooms. The top two floors contain an assembly room and contains a balcony. In the basement is a large baptismal font that rests on the back of 12 oxen representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.
Part of our journey took us to a small town in Southern Utah called Parowan. Some of my ancestors help build this community. This small model was at a museum there and represents how the city was started with large walls around it. It was also amazing to meet someone at the museum who knew my Great Grandparents and steered me to a photograph of my grandfather at a WWII display at the museum.
This next model below was at the North Visitor Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah. It is a scale model of the city of Jerusalem around the time of Jesus Christ it covers 14 square feet and boasts over 4,000 buildings and structures.
It is an interactive model and and as you walk around and read about each building, you can press a button and a small light will highlight that part of the model.
The large structure on the hill is the Temple
We came across this last model in the Church History Museum at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. It is a model of Salt Lake City early in its history. Salt Lake City is known for it's ease of directions and laid out on grid of streets with a North and South axis and naming system.