Film & TV

Check Out the Ark Darren Aronofsky Built for ‘Noah’

Film & TV

Check Out the Ark Darren Aronofsky Built for ‘Noah’

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Building things has become a bit of a lost art for people of my generation, who mostly just count on IKEA for any construction needs. In an authentic world, we’d all be carpenters. But we can at least marvel at the massive ark built by Darren Aronofsky for Noah, his upcoming disaster epic that offers another version of the well-circulated Biblical narrative. (A darker one, I’d imagine.) Vulture gives us a photo of the hefty construction project, which has been built to scale in Long Island — no CGI added — with the idea being to have a vessel that could literally hold two of every animal, along with a bunch of humans. That’s how the story goes, but such a thing is somewhat ridiculous to conceive of — photographer Dan Wagner notes that a real equivalent would’ve “taken 500 years” to construct — making it slightly jaw-dropping that Aronofsky went full realism and just decided to built the thing outright. Here’s hoping it’s preserved after filming is over, so that it might be turned into a guided tour for the pious many who’d like to imagine how it would be to live in a real Biblical era. I imagine it would stink, both literally and figuratively.