Dutch builder by trade Johan Huibers has spent 20 years to build a full-scale replica of the famous Noah’s Ark. Opening it’s doors December 10th, Huibers has said the official launch has nothing to do with the fact that the Mayan calendar comes to an end this month. Instead, his motivation for committing to a large undertaking is more of a religious nature and an attempt to try and get people to contemplate their purpose in existing on Earth.
The ark also has a restaurant, museum and a movie theater that is capable of seating 50 people. Though the ark is not meant to represent a sign of the times, a Chinese farmer has taken upon himself to build his own version of the legendary Noah’s Ark. However, he has decided to reinvent Noah’s Ark as not only being able to hold less people but to change its’ shape to a sphere.
Many people are wondering what will happen when the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st on this year. The fact that the weather has also been so volatile and destructive as of late, including the havoc Hurricane Sandy unleashed in the United States barely a couple of months ago; many are wondering if the end of the world is really happening.
For farmer Liu Qiyuan, building his own version of Noah’s Ark was inspired by the 2004 Asian tsunami as well as the apocalyptic Hollywood film “2012.” Qiyuan’s ark is actually a survival pod and where Huibers ark is a full-scale replica that can hold numerous people, Qiyuan has built seven survival pods but space is limited.
Each pod has been designed to float on water while some of the pods have been designed to have their own propulsion systems. Each pod is constructed of a shell made of fiberglass that is wrapped around a steel frame. The spheres are airtight with varying interiors that contain oxygen tanks.
The pods have been designed to remain upright when in the water and have 14 seat belts with space for approximately 14 people. Qiyuan is hopeful that what he has created, dubbed as “Noah’s Ark,” will be adopted by international organizations and government departments to use. Such uses would be in the event of earthquakes and tsunamis. While Huibers ark lies moored in the city of Dordrecht, just south of Rotterdam, Qiyuan’s survival pods are located at his home in the village of Qiantun, Hebei province, which is south of Beijing.