Sparky the Giant Rideable Unicorn
Admit it, you probably think unicorns don't really exist. Let Sparky prove you wrong! Sparky the Giant Rideable Unicorn is a highly interactive, electric-assist four-wheeled art bike. He can be ridden by four people—two people in the saddle and two people pedaling the bike cart. Sparky stands about 11 feet high, 4 feet wide, and 11 feet long . He is basically a large puppet—he has an articulated head that can nod and shake and he has moveable legs that can make him appear to trot like a horse. Sparky is constructed out of a welded steel frame covered in chicken wire and fabric, and he is lit by over 6,000 LEDs. The bike cart carries a state-of-the-art sound system that can get any party mystically moving and grooving.
Sparky was built in the spring of 2019 in Ithaca New York by artists Doug Shire and Laurence Clarkberg. Sparky has made appearances in over a dozen parades, festivals, and other events nationwide. In the spring of 2019 he appeared at the Playa Del Fuego and PortalBurn regional Burning Man events in the northeast and several local Ithaca events. In August of 2019 he made an epic journey across the US to join thousands of other art cars at Burning Man. Sparky has been a huge hit everywhere we have taken him, and he has helped hundreds of people cross "ride a unicorn" off their bucket lists.
—Doug and Laurence
Selected Past Appearances
- Fri, Dec 04Ithaca CommonsDec 04, 2020, 7:00 PM – Dec 14, 2020, 10:00 PMIthaca Commons, 171 E M.L.K. Jr. St, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
- Thu, Oct 10Pegasus Farm CampgroundOct 10, 2019, 7:00 PM – Oct 14, 2019, 11:00 PMPegasus Farm Campground, 624 Arnold Hill Rd, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
- Wed, Aug 21Black Rock CityAug 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – Sep 04, 2019, 11:00 PMBlack Rock City, Black Rock City, NV, USA
- Thu, Jul 18County FairgroundsJul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jul 21, 2019, 11:00 PMCounty Fairgrounds, County Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA
- Fri, Jul 12Stewart ParkJul 12, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PMStewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
- Fri, Jul 05The HauntJul 05, 2019, 7:00 PMThe Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
- Thu, Jun 20TollandJun 20, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jun 23, 2019, 11:00 PMTolland, Tolland, MA, USA
- Sat, Jun 01Roosevelt IslandJun 01, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jun 02, 2019, 11:00 PMRoosevelt Island, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY 10044, USA