Florida company building life-sized ‘Noah’s Ark’ turns heads with elephant statue

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 4, 2013 12:03 EDT
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An elephant statue on the Florida Turnpike. Photo: Screenshot via NBC Miami.
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A company in Hialeah, Florida has embarked on a crusade of biblical proportions: they’re building a full-size version of “Noah’s Ark” from the book of Genesis, according to NBC Miami.

That probably wasn’t apparent to motorists cruising down the Florida Turnpike on Sunday, who likely noticed a life-sized elephant statue cruising right along with them and couldn’t help but gawk at it.

NBC Miami noted that the elephant statue was created by a Miami-Dade man who placed his work of art in his front yard, much to the annoyance of his neighbors and the city council, which ordered him to remove it.

After a lengthy search, amateur artist Reinol Fernandez hooked up with the guys behind The Hidden Ark, which bought the statue outright over the weekend. The company plans to use their 500-foot boat not as an apocalyptic life raft, but as an animal shelter and tourist attraction.

The company’s website explains that they plan to install webcams so visitors and contributors can watch them building the boat and check in on the animals from time to time.

The elephant statue was the company’s “first rescue,” one of the ark’s engineers told NBC Miami.

This video is from NBC Miami, aired Monday, March 4, 2013.

View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.

This video is from NBC Miami, aired Monday, March 4, 2013.

View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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