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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
2010 Race Report: Chessie



Here's a Sculpture!
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Chessie

From the depths of the Chesapeake Bay came Chessie, a 25-foot long monster brought to the surface by the city’s dumping into the Harbor ice and snow from the past winter’s blizzards. This is the fifth entry from Tony Walker and friends, who created 2009’s Rocky Horror Picture Shoe.

Chessie’s mandatory homemade sock creature was custom-knitted for the race, and showed such care as she dangled as bait in front of the sculpture like an anglerfish that Chessie won the Sock Creature of the Universe award.

In the photo to the right, Chessie mauraudes a bicyclist along Pratt Street in Harbor East.

Seen from above just after the start, Chessie was one of the first sculptures to pull away from her parking space.

Chessie’s mouth was hinged to open and close as they navigated the racecourse. There’s no end to the benefits of putting a giant articulated fierce mouth on the front of a sculpture, not least of which is the appearance to passers-by that it is planning to consume anything it approaches.

Chessie’s paddlewheels performed admirably in the Harbor, another example of a sculpture that clearly showed the benefits of being tested in water before the race.


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  1. Champion Candy Haus
  2. Go Ask Alice
  3. Los Baltimuertos
  4. Chessie
  5. Anemone Antics
  6. PLATYPUS
  7. Heavy Metal
  8. The Creature from the Landsdowne Lagoon
  9. The Moderately Famished Caterpillar
  1. Going to Hell
  2. Safari Attack
  3. Scrum Roll Racer
  4. Mobile Media
  5. Jemicy’s Veke Versa Boat, Squid Man, Kraken, Cabrena Octopus & Calamari
  6. T-Wrecks
  7. Got Milk
  8. Carver Cobra II
  1. Twitter Jay & the Recyclists
  2. Big Bamboo
  3. AVAM’s Fifi Joins the Circus, Bumpo the Circus Elephant, Circus Rat, and Frog
  4. The Boatercycle
  5. Volunteers
  6. Spectators
  7. The KineticBaltimore.com Team
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