An artist in Switzerland uses his bicycle to ride the streets of Zurich while projecting the silhouette of a moving elephant onto nearby buildings – something we imagine could instil alarm into passers-by caught unawares.
Citylab.com reports that artist Michael Flueckiger brought together a projector, car battery, speedometer and iPod Mini to produce the images for his work called Elephant Walk – and the faster he pedals, the faster the elephant seems to move.
As works of art go, it’s a bit disconcerting, although that doesn’t perhaps come across in the video.
But imagine, if you were riding down the road at night, and saw the silhouette of an elephant picked out in the beam of a searchlight … you’d be looking for it, wouldn’t you?
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.