It might not be divinely inspired, and it might not hold many pairs of animals, but this little beauty looks perfect for its intended market – Japanese folk in tsunami risk areas.
The manufacturer is Cosmo Power. The craft is 1.2 meters in diameter, is made of fortified fibreglass, it can hold four adults and it has reportedly survived crash tests. It comes with built-in breathing vents and windows. The capsules cost just $4000 and they have advance orders for 600 already.
Went there are no tsunamis on the horizon, company president Shoji Tanaka suggests children could play in it.
According to Deadline.com, Russell Crowe is first choice for the lead role in Darren Aronofsky’s movie Noah. Interestingly, Liam Neeson is also tipped for a role – and he would make a great God, if the big guy has a role in the movie. Crowe is not new to shipping epics, having had the lead in Master and Commander.
The Ark Encounter is a historically themed attraction currently in the planning stages. It will present numerous historical events with the centerpiece being a full-size, all-wood Noah’s Ark, which might end up being the largest timber-frame structure in the North America.
Aside from the Ark, the attraction is planning a Walled City, a Tower of Babel, a Biblical-era Middle Eastern village, Abraham and the parting of the Red Sea, aviary and zoo.
As of January 2012 $5 million had been raised of the estimated $24.5 million that will be required to build the Ark itself. The entire complex has a $125 million budget. Construction is hoped to begin this year, with the Ark completed in 2014.
Sponsors can provide a peg ($10 donation), plank ($100) or beam ($500), each of which comes with a certificate.
The Ark Encounter will be located on I-75 in Williamstown, KY, about a 40-mile interstate drive south of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.