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Here's a Sculpture!
Boogie Man from the Jemicy School cruises through Patterson Park in the May 7, 2016 race. Want to see more photos?
Only 44 days until the 19th annual race! Saturday, May 6. Build your kinetic sculpture now!

Tröeg-a Toga Party: March 24!

Eat, drink, and wear togas! The God of Craft Hops, Tröegs Brewing, bestows blessings upon AVAM as our partner in a night of music, dancing, and art-making at AVAM’s TRÖEG-A Toga PARTY 8–11pm to benefit AVAM’s Kinetic Sculpture Race! Don your best toga and enjoy a feast of eats from local restaurants, refreshing beers courtesy of Tröegs, and tunes from DJ Carl at Classic Collective DJs. Create your own custom toga party crown from Tröegs bottle caps, labels, packaging, and fun supplies from AVAM’s treasure trove! Compete in the Best Toga Costume Contest for your chance to win really cool prizes! Participating restaurants are Encantada, Fork and Wrench, Little Havana, Sticky Rice, and Wiley Gunters. Tickets available on MissionTix, or read more info!

Get Ready for the May 6 Food KSR!

The 2017 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race will be Saturday, May 6, 2017. Make your plans! The theme for the 2017 race is FOOD. So far, we expect the schedule and route will be generally similar to last year, so you can make preliminary plans from the 2016 Spectator’s Guide.

Kinetic Forum is back!

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

Racers: Entry Forms due April 1

Get moving! The deadline for racer entry forms is Wednesday, April 1! Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

Photos from Last Year

A beautiful day to race! See our full coverage of the 2016 race!

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 began in Ferndale, California in 1969 when artist Hobart Brown upgraded his son’s tricycle into a 5-wheeled pentacycle and was challenged to 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 including a list of other races nationwide.

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 in the dedicated Sculpture Barn.

How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture

Learn from Elliot’s 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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