Alaskan Way, Central Waterfront, Seattle, Washington, USA
This squid is not just a squid. It’s not even just a giant squid. It is a bicycle rack. Cyclists are welcome to lock their bikes where they find space along one of the squid’s eight arms. Except that the proper name for a squid arm is a muscular hydrostat. Which is an appendage that has no skeletal support but is used to manipulate and move things. The human tongue is another example of a muscular hydrostat. The Parking Squid has been obliging cyclists since it was unveiled in May 2012 as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 1962 World’s Fair hosted by the city. Come rain or shine that selfless cephalopod is there, offering a safe muscular hydrostat for your bike. A sort of accommodating Kraken.