Robot Rhino

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I really like this shock absorber at the end of the Minneapolis light rail line under the Mall of America parking garage. It looks like a robot rhino.

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9 thoughts on “Robot Rhino

  1. First I thought about early Permian gorgonopsides, then I recalled the walking Imperial war machines from the second Star Wars film.

    I am glad that light rail lines are still alive and well, and taking some load off the streets and roads.
    In Stockholm, they were in a hurry to get rid of light rails since it was seen as a low-status, old-fashioned thing. Gothenburg kept them, which probably has kept the traffic situation substantially less overheated than in Stockholm.

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  2. Ken @ #1:

    Can this tell us anything about the evolution of Rhinos?

    Yup: If we continue to allow railway traffic to exert selective pressure on rhinos, they will ultimately evolve to be yellow.

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  3. @Phillip IV: Brilliant! I’m going to steal that line and use it in conversation the next time I’m with someone at a rail depot. But don’t worry, I’ll give proper credit as to source. Eventually.

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  4. Birger, Minneapolis’s light rail is not a tram that runs in the street, it’s a small train running on a railroad bank and a lot of elevated stretches. It’s like Stockholm’s Tvärbanan.

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  5. My bad! 🙂

    Are people in Minneapolis beginning to see the recession subside? I assume the bigger cities will be the first to recover (while there is of course a big demographic that are always the last to see any “trickledown”). I hope there are not many empty, foreclosed houses in the suburbs -these days, news stories from USA are often sad, but there must be a lot of dynamic stuff going on below the horizon of journalists.

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  6. There are suspiciously many “For Rent” signs outside houses with peeling paintwork in the vicinity of the Institute of Arts and the American Swedish Institute.

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  7. Actually, it looks like the most industrial-strength sex toy ever.

    (Wait, why are you all looking at me like that?)

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