Visit Noah’s Ark, no need to bring a giraffe
Huibers, a Christian, used books 6-9 of Genesis as his inspiration, following the instructions God gives Noah down to the last cubit.
Translating to modern measurements, Huibers came up with a vessel that works out to a whopping 427 feet long, 95 feet across and 75 feet high. It may not be big enough to fit every species on Earth, two by two, as described in the Bible. But it has plenty of space, for instance, for a pair elephants to dance a tango.
Johan's Ark towers across the flat Dutch landscape and is easily visible from a nearby highway where it lies moored in the city of Dordrecht. The city is just south of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
A huge space of stalls supported by a forest of pine trees, visitors gaze upon an array of stuffed and plastic animals, such as buffalo, zebra, gorillas, lions, tigers, bears, you name it. Elsewhere on the ark is a petting zoo with actual live animals that are less dangerous or easier to care for - such as ponies, dogs, sheep, and rabbits - and an impressive aviary of exotic birds.
Huibers thinks that new floods are possible, not least due to global warming. He cites a New Testament passage prophesying that "the cities of the coast shall tremble" near the end of times.
But he's not worried the whole Earth will ever be flooded again. In the Bible, the rainbow is God's promise it won't be.
He said his motivation is ultimately religious, though. He wants to make people think what their purpose is on Earth.
Critical thinking challenge: Johan Huibers built his ark to make people think about their purpose on Earth. What’s yours?
Define these words: array, aviary
- Posted on December 10, 2012
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