After visiting Torquay museum and seeing the extraordinary collection of wooden animals hand-made for the large Victorian Ark on display, the Young Parents group from the Acorn Centre decided that a container ship would make for a contemporary take on this old fashioned toy. Container ships are often spotted loitering on the horizon in Torbay. Working together with parents of very young children, sometimes babes in arms, we all investigated the local animals that were deemed endangered and learnt more about them, choosing which ones we'd like to represent on the ark. Small animal figures were then made using clay with the help of a local sculptor Elizabeth Hadley. Participants decided to burn key words onto the containers which they hoped would reflect the qualities they dreamt might be carried into the future of Torquay. This piece is also now in Torquay Museum's collection and was titled 'Torbados Ark' by the participants to reflect the local nickname for their town.