Turtle on a Bicycle.

Snapping Turtle on a Bicycle (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Russellville, Arkansas

Big Al is not just a statue in front of the Highlander Cycling shop, he's also the cartoon mascot of the bike shop's race team, complete with the projecting, unsettling, staircasing red tongue. Shop owners Bryon and Michelle Moudy are reportedly both biologists as well as cycling enthusiasts, and the alligator snapping turtle is indigenous to Arkansas. Big Al is built out of cement and old bicycle tires, and although he's always been eye-catching, he's recently been repainted in earthy tones somewhat closer to nature -- if you can call a turtle on a bicycle natural. Previously he sported psychotic colors more appropriate to a Chinese New Year dragon.

Update: The statue can still be found at this location in the back, but the cycling shop is gone.

Snapping Turtle on a Bicycle

Directions:
On the west side of Arkansas Ave. between J and K Sts. 2017: Behind the building.
Admission:
Free.
Status:
Gone

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