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My Space Ark was inspired by the beautiful German Folk Arks of the 19th century, full of brightly painted birds and animals. The Space Ark is an updated version for the 21st century, yet still very much a children's toy in the folk art tradition.

 The spaceship is hand carved from solid pine and filled with forty individually hand carved and painted beech animals. All are presided over by the interstellar Mr and Mrs Noah.

 As a spaceship fleeing earth with the few remaining species of animal onboard, or as a metaphor for the Earth where we care for the living things around us, the Space Ark touches on themes of ecology and conservation.

 images: Glenn Norwood

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