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Here's a Sculpture!
2013 Art Award and Pilots’ Choice Dr. Vlad’s Mad Lab, now on display at the American Visionary Art Museum.
2013 Grand Champion Eek!
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Only 16 days until the 16th annual race on Saturday, May 3! Get working on your spectator costume now!

Complete Coverage of the 2013 Race

See our full coverage of the 2013 race!

Get Ready for May 3!

The next Baltimore race will be Saturday May 3, 2014. Until the 2014 Spectator’s Guide is published in late April, the best approximation of the race route and timing is available in the 2013 Spectator’s Guide.

Volunteers: Mud! Sand! Kops! You!

The 2014 race needs Mud Doctors, Sand Dwellers, Wash World, Countdown Girls, Kops, and you! Through April 23, we’re recruiting volunteers to help run this crazy race—please volunteer! Free pizza!

Last Call for Teams!

The deadline for racer entry forms was April 1! You can still submit your team’s form with a late fee—but it must be received at the AVAM front desk by 5:00pm Sunday April 28. (Postmarks don’t count.) The race is growing and getting more complex, so last-minute entries can no longer be accepted! Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

Kinetic Forum

Wondering how to keep your sculpture from capsizing or where to get the best photos? Racers, volunteers, spectators, and other enthusiasts are welcome in our Kinetic Forum bulletin board to discuss all sorts of kinetic topics. Post your question!

What’s a Kinetic Sculpture Race?

Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland.  The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

Kinetic Sculpture Racing traces its roots to Ferndale, California in 1969 when artist Hobart Brown upgraded his son’s tricycle into a 5-wheeled pentacycle that was part of a race down Main Street. (Hobart did not win.) Over the decades since, the California race evolved into a 3-day all-terrain Kinetic Grand Championship including treacherous sand dunes, water crossings, and elaborate sculptures and costumes. You can learn more on Wikipedia.

For more about the Baltimore race, browse the race photo results in the left menu.

Where can I see Kinetic Sculptures?

You can go to a Kinetic Sculpture Race on the day(s) they run, or the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. AVAM displays Fifi and their other sculptures year round.

How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture

It’s back! After it disappeared from the internet, Elliot and I have restored his How To Build a Kinetic Sculpture reference guide.

The Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race is sponsored and run by the American Visionary Art Museum. is the volunteer work of Tom Jones.
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