Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

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Five years in the making and filling an 8,000 sq. ft. gallery, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball is an amazing attraction for children and families at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The floor-to-ceiling ark is filled to the rafters with handcrafted animals and contains a ropes course with more than 30,000 hand-tied knots.

The hundreds of animals are all crafted from recycled materials and everyday objects, including bottle caps, bicycle parts, baseball mitts, croquet balls, mop heads, and rearview mirrors. For example, the three animal sculptures that preside over the entrance to the galleries (pictured above) include an Asian elephant with a trunk made from vegetable steamers from Loas and a pair of zebras with bodies fabricated from wind turbines and keyboards.


Photos by Grant Mudford and Steve Cohn, © Skirball Cultural Center

  • Christina

    That is just awesome! My children would love it.

    What a labour of love and very impressive that so much of the materials have been upcycled. It looks fantastic. Thanks

  • jen

    I wish I was visiting LA to see this…. seems the most interesting art movement right now is on the west coast instead of NYC.

    Thank you for sharing these lovely photos!

  • LethaColleen

    OH WOW…my heart just bursts at seeing this. Such a gift to all (and not just children) for the purposes of imagination and exploration!

  • Brigitta Ryan {duo}

    Oh my gosh this is amazing. I just love it. Its just so well crafted and I really appreciate that everything is made with recycled materials.

    Btw does anyone else think it's weird that Noah's Ark is a “children's story”? Just given it's about a flood killing everyone on the planet? No? Just me? Ha.

  • Thalita Dol

    Woooooooow! That’s amazing indeed!

    hugs from Brazil!