Unicorns are real and we have the proof, maybe.
Our ace photographer spotted what might have been one of the creatures, which till now have been thought to reside only in fairy-tale books, riding a customized Raleigh road bike down Jay Street in Downtown last week.
Then again, there is an equally strong chance that what our shutterbug saw was actually Kalan Sherrard, a performance artist who thrills and chills straphangers in the Bedford Avenue L station with bone marionettes, harmonicas, and dirty doll parts. Or, in the artist’s words, “a nihilist, anarchist puppet show about literary theory,” as he explained to a videographer for the news website Gothamist.
“I like to collect things that seem to weigh a lot, semiotically, and collage with them,” Sherrard told the site. “Sort of to suggest that it’s very meaningful, but also to say that nothing is meaningful at all.”
Strengthening our suspicion that the cyclist was the performer, there is video of Sherrard being arrested for acting strangely in a Manhattan subway station, which, it should be pointed out, is not a crime.
He was wearing a helmet similar to the pictured, pronged one at the time of his apparently baseless incarceration.
The horn is made out of spray foam, he told Gothamist, which seems to be in the process of positioning itself as a clearinghouse for Sherrard-related news and rumors.
“Metaphorically, it’s the wetness, that tellurion wetness,” he said about his headgear, after his arrest.