When Moses thought of parting the sea you can bet he never thought of using a zip.
Japanese artist Yasuhiro Suzuki though has created a motorboat designed to look like a giant version of the fastening, with the wake it leaves behind in the water meant to represent its teeth.
Suzuki made a scale model of his design back in 2004 but has only now unveiled the full-sized vessel.
Describing his creation, the artist said: 'This work is a boat modelled after a zipper tab.
'As the vessel glides through the water, the wake looks like a zipper coming undone, suggesting the image of the sea opening up.
'The Zipper Ship will travel to and fro between Takamatsu and Megijima [in Japan] and will also carry passengers.'
Suzuki first showed off his unique vessel at the recent Setouchi International Art Festival in Japan.
The boat is now undergoing sea trials to evaluate its rollover risk and until it's approved by the authorities the ambitious artist will have to wait before he can take passengers for a ride.
Suzuki has won several awards, including the Interactive art prize at the Digital Stadium Awards in 2001, since graduating as a designer from Tokyo Zokei University.
His other works include Perspective of the Globe Jungle, created in 2001, and Property of Water in 2004.