Pete’s model is a work of ark!

Pete Sharp, from Chapel, has created this impressive biblical diaroma of Noah's Ark, which is on display at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton.
Pete Sharp, from Chapel, has created this impressive biblical diaroma of Noah's Ark, which is on display at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton.

A Chapel-en-le-Frith man has created an impressive diorama of Noah’s Ark, which is currently on display at Buxton’s Green Man Gallery.

Pete Sharp began working on the model in January, finishing it in June after months of painstaking work to capture all the vital details.

The ark, which has been receiving a host of positive comments since going on display in the gallery, is just the latest in a long line of models Pete has made over the years.

The 46-year-old, of Anchor Fold, said: “I’ve always been interested in making dioramas. I’ve done coal mines and caves in the past.

“I wanted to do something biblical and so many people are familiar with Noah’s Ark.”

Pete now hopes local schools will visit the gallery and use the diorama as an aid when teaching children about the story of Noah’s Ark.

“It (the model) actually tells the story from three days before.

“I wanted to capture the tension between the animals, and the work that was going on to prepare.

“I just like to bring stories alive so people can see it right in front of them.

“I really hope local school groups will come along and see it.”

And he added: “I’ve been getting some really positive feedback which is brilliant because it makes it all worthwhile.”

Pete’s model will be on display at the gallery until at least the end of January and he is usually at the gallery himself on Saturdays, available to speak to people about his work.