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