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See the Giant Structure Darren Aronofsky Is Building for His Disaster Epic Noah

If God gets irritable this fall and dumps 40 days of rain on Long Island, the animals of Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum will be just fine. That’s where Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is shooting his next movie, 2014’s Old Testament disaster epic Noah, for which he’s overseen the construction of an ark large enough to hold two of every species, plus a human cast that includes Russell Crowe (in the title role), Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. The vessel is built to biblical proportions and capable of provoking awe at distances of up to 700 cubits—which is about how far away photographer Dan Wagner was when he captured this shot for New York. “To see it in person, and know there’s no CGI involved, was incredible,” he says. But Wagner wasn’t willing to suspend all disbelief: “The set decorator brought in tree stumps that weren’t there before, to give the effect that the ark was made with local lumber,” he says. “And there’s no way Noah and his sons could have built such an enormous structure themselves. That would have taken 500 years.”

Photo: Dan Wagner