Noah’s Ark could be set to join the line-up of innovative entertainment for the London Olympic Games 2012, as a contemporary recreation of the biblical boat has asked the London Mayor if it can sail down the River Thames during the 2012 Games.
Dutchman Johan Huibers, a modern-day Noah, has asked permission to moor his ark on the Thames next summer. The ark itself is 138 meters long and 23 metres wide, a similar size to the Noah’s Ark in the Bible.
The mighty vessel is made out of solid Swedish pine over a base of 25 canal boats. Any replica Noah’s Ark would not, of course, be complete without animals, and Huiber’s boat will be filled with pairs of animals, albeit model ones.
Huiber’s idea of building a modern-day ark was inspired by a dream the designer construction company boss had in 1992, in which the whole of Holland was wiped out by a devastating flood. So moved was Huibers by his dream that he interpreted it as a sign to spread the word of God, and in the same year, built an Noah-like ark small enough so that it could sail down the canal network in Holland.
So popular was Huibers first Noah’s Ark that he made almost £1 million charging people to board the boat and sail down the Dutch canal system, enough money to fund his current, Noah ark project.
Boris Johnson and the London Olympic Games’ organisers have yet to have given Noah’s Ark the go ahead, although it has been reported that the project is likely to be approved.
Johan Huibers modern-day Noah’s Ark is the latest in a string of innovative and wacky revenue optimisation entertainment ideas for next year’s London Games.
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