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2018 Race: Mysteries & Tall Tales

The 20th Annual Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 and the theme will be Mysteries & Tall Tales.

PLATYPUS cruises through the Innter Harbor May 6, 2017 race on its way to win the Pilots’ Choice award. Want to see more photos?
Only 43 days until the 20th annual race! Saturday, May 5. Time to design your kinetic sculpture!
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Volunteers: Mud! Sand! Kops! You!

Help make it happen! The race needs volunteers like you! All you need to do to join is attend the Volunteer Meetings on Thursday, April 19 or Saturday, April 28. Learn more.

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 which also has tips for building a great entry.

Check out the Kinetic Forum!

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!

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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