Earlier this week an E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial-themed oBike sculpture appeared – seemingly hovering – in a Fitzroy laneway.
It’s believed the tribute, which recreated the 1982 film’s iconic shot of Elliot and E.T. riding past the moon (replete with an alien-filled basket, red hoodie and blue jeans), was installed in Argyle Place on Sunday night. (To the artist, we offer you Steven Wheelberg if you're yet to pick a nom de plume.)
On Tuesday afternoon Yarra Council removed the bike for safety reasons, but not before fans shared the spectacle on social media.
Three Melbourne city councils recently introduced tougher rules for Singapore-based oBike in order to curb misuse of its bicycles. The yellow rental bikes don’t need to be left at docking stations, which has resulted in hundreds of them being dumped outside designated parking areas across the Melbourne. They’re found blocking footpaths and in bizarre locations, including trees, Albert Park Lake and the Yarra River.
If you’ve been watching Stranger Things, you’ll know pop-cultural bike nostalgia is definitely a thing. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see recreations of the Stranger Things gang in full Ghostbusters regalia mounting a set of grey and yellow bikes. And if you happen to be one of the idiots throwing the bikes in the Yarra, can you at least dress them up as Jaws first?
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