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

Upcoming Appearances

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Selected Past Appearances

Constellation Burn
Thu, Oct 10
Pegasus Farm Campground
Oct 10, 2019, 7:00 PM – Oct 14, 2019, 11:00 PM
Pegasus Farm Campground, 624 Arnold Hill Rd, Elkins, WV 26241, USA
Sparky wowed the crowds at Constellation Burn in West Virginia!
Burning Man
Wed, Aug 21
Black Rock City
Aug 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – Sep 04, 2019, 11:00 PM
Black Rock City, Black Rock City, NV, USA
After an epic cross-country journey, Sparky joined the thousands of art cars and art installations at Burning Man 2019.
Thu, Jul 25
Jul 25, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jul 29, 2019, 11:00 AM
Hannibal, Hannibal, NY 13074, USA
Upstate New York's official regional Burning Man event.
Grassroots Festival
Thu, Jul 18
County Fairgrounds
Jul 18, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jul 21, 2019, 11:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, County Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY 14886, USA
Grassroots is a well-respected music festival held in Trumansburg NY every summer. Sparky led the Happiness Parade at the festival this year!
Watermusic: Dancing on the Trail
Fri, Jul 12
Stewart Park
Jul 12, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Stewart Park, 1 James L Gibbs Dr, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
As part of this music, art, and dance festival Sparky toured around Stewart Park with a series of musicians on his back, then we gave people rides!
Interdependance Day
Fri, Jul 05
The Haunt
Jul 05, 2019, 7:00 PM
The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Our friend Vic DeBeer created the Interdependance Day event as an alternative to Independance Day, to celebrate "diversity, unicorns, rainbows and glitter"!
Thu, Jun 20
Jun 20, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jun 23, 2019, 11:00 PM
Tolland, Tolland, MA, USA
Unifier Festival is a Healing and Expressive Arts Festival, A Sacred World Music Festival, and a Beach Party. Immerse Yourself in Nature on 417 community owned acres in the foothills of the Berkshires.
FIGMENT Art Festval
Sat, Jun 01
Roosevelt Island
Jun 01, 2019, 7:00 PM – Jun 02, 2019, 11:00 PM
Roosevelt Island, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY 10044, USA
Festival goers lined up to ride Sparky at the FIGMENT art festival held on Roosevelt Island in New York City!
Ithaca Festival Parade
Fri, May 31
May 31, 2019, 6:00 PM
Ithaca, Ithaca, NY, USA
Sparky led the 2019 Ithaca Festival Parade, just behind Mayor Svante Myrick. Mickey Quinn, Queen of the Festival, rode on top!
Playa del Fuego
Thu, May 23
Tamaqua, PA, USA
May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM – May 28, 2019, 11:00 PM
Tamaqua, PA, USA
Sparky's debut was at the regional Burning Man event known as Playa del Fuego in Tamaqua, PA.

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