Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art. Each May, Kinetic Sculptures from the eastern United States convene at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) on Baltimore's Inner Harbor for the East Coast Championship race. A few weeks later, the World Championships are held in Arcata, California. Folks have been racing in California since 1969, when a Ferndale artist named Hobart Brown made a few "artistic improvements" to his son's tricycle, and a friendly wager led to a race among weird sculptures, and the concept has been spreading ever since. In 1999, Baltimore held its first Kinetic Sculpture Race (KSR), sponsored by AVAM.
Browse the galleries on the website to see narrated photos of the Baltimore KSR. The eight-hour race covers 15 miles, mostly on pavement, but with two segments out in the harbor, one segment of thick mud, and one segment through sand.
We went last year and we had a blast! A terrific all-family event.
Official Website: http://www.kineticbaltimore.com/
Added by butwait on January 2, 2007