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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race
2016 Race Report: The Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους



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The Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους

Team Hess returned with the magnificent Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους, where the Greek word is pronounced rather like the English “Platypus”. Platypuses were notoriously elusive in ancient Greece, with not a single mention among the known works of Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, or Euclid.

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As always, the sculpture performed beautifully on the water, with aft paddlewheel and steering oarsmen.

With a bit of extra work, they made it through the mud with only a bit of assistance.

After the mud, they visited the Eyedra wash.

The PLATYPUS has been an amazing sight at Baltimore Kinetic races for over a decade:

  • 2015 as PLATYPUS Lost in Space
  • 2014 as PLATYPUS LOST
  • 2013 as PURPLE PLATYPUS
  • 2012 as El PLATYPUS
  • 2011 (Grand Champion)
  • 2010 (Best Pit Crew award)
  • 2009 (People’s Choice)
  • 2008
  • 2007 (Engineering award)
  • 2006 (Engineering and People’s Choice)
  • 2005 (Grand Champion)

and before that, David Hess created Louie the Dog:

  • 2004 (Golden Flipper award)
  • 2003 (Engineering award)

and he was rumored associated with:


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  1. The Bees’ Knees
  2. King Bal-Tut-More
  3. Birdie: The Sculpture Vulture
  4. Da Vinci Dogs
  5. Tick Tock the Croc
  6. Thee Goatman Cometh
  7. Scary, Scary Night
  8. Nine Sculptures from Jemicy
  9. Stumti the Tremendous Stork
  10. Dr. Disaster’s Spin Cycle
  1. Mobile Mobile
  2. The Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους
  3. Monsters Inc. Crew
  4. Wheel of (Mis)Fortune
  5. Monsters of the Middle School Brain
  6. Rōninferno
  7. OMHS Scorpion
  8. Kraken Upcycle
  9. Poe’s Toaster
  1. Fifi the Poodlecorn Unicorn
  2. Wasn’t Built In a Day
  3. Leg Power!
  4. Kinetic Kouch Reborn
  5. Big Foot
  6. Opening Ceremonies
  7. Thanks!
  8. Volunteers, Spectators & Crew
  9. The KineticBaltimore.com Team
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