Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Kinetic Sculpture Race

Over Memorial Day Weekend there is a 42-mile kinetic sculpture race that begins in Arcata and heads south through Eureka to Ferndale over three days. Wikipedia describes it this way:
Kinetic sculpture races are organized contests of human-powered amphibious all-terrain works of art. The original cross country event, the World Championship Great Arcata To Ferndale Cross Country Kinetic Sculpture Race,[1] now known as the Kinetic Grand Championship in Humboldt County, California, is also called the "Triathlon of the Art World" because art and engineering are combined with physical endurance during a three day cross country race that includes sand, mud, pavement, a bay crossing, a river crossing and major hills.[2][3]
I think that sums it up incredibly well. I had never experienced this "triathalon of the art world" and had my first taste on Saturday and was quite blown away by it. It is truly stunning and inspiring. On Saturday we walked around the downtown plaza, clicking photos of the sculptures as they waited for the race to begin. Later we walked to a quiet little corner away from the huge crowd of fans and found a spot where the human-powered works of art pedaled by. On Sunday we went to the boat launch in Eureka and watched. Here's a pairing of some of the land art we saw with their watery second day beginning.








These sculptures were all impressive and beautiful, but it was the blue whale that completely knocked me out. Look at the size of this aesthetically engineered piece of art. Truly awesome and awe-inspiring.


Roger saw his first kinetic sculpture race back in 1972 and has loved it ever since. Now I know why. I can't wait until next year. I think we may have been inspired enough to volunteer. This is human creativity, invention, artistry, and power at its goofiest best!

13 comments:

  1. from the official rules "Rule A -Amusement is the gift we give and get, so all KGC participants, volunteers, spectators, and innocent bystanders must try their best to have FUN at all times. Insistence on irritabilitywill earn you a time penalty based on the severity of your attitude, and possibly even the “Poor Pitiful Me Award.”

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  2. Oh, who can't help but love this!

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  3. No doubt Ken and Bet Pinkerton were there - they always go. Someday we'll come up!

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  4. That's some serious fun! I found the website for the race and read all the rules. Wow! Splendid blue whale, color, and costumes. I remember hearing about that race during the month I lived in McKinleyville, but I didn't get to see it.
    Thinking about what you wrote about a house for sale in McKinleyville, near that wonderful trail. Sounds interesting.

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  5. Wonder if the regional herbal agricultural products enhance inspiration.... ;)

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  6. Volunteer? You two should PARTICIPATE!

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  7. roger-- We loved being innocent bystanders, didn't we! It's impossible not have FUN!

    kathy a-- I'm so glad this happens here every year. I can't wait to see next year's entries.

    Tara-- It would be so cool for you and Steve to come for this. It's delightful.

    am-- Just learned that there is a kinetic sculpture race in Port Townsend. It's been happening every year for since the early 80s. Might want to get over there in October for it. It's GREAT. We didn't buy the house in McKinleyville, an unmanageably weird layout.

    isabelita-- I think so. I definitely smelled that regional herbal agricultural product in the air!

    Pablo-- LOL! That's easy for you to say, you marathon runner you!

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  8. WOW. What creativity and it sure takes the drudgery out of an endurance race. Those are truly all terrain vehicles with pizzazz.

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  9. Arkansas Patti-- I was surprised by the creativity and inventiveness of these human-powered sculptures. Truly a delight in every way.

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  10. Totally amazing! I've never heard of kinetic sculpture races before. I am hooked and must go find one to attend.

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  11. NCmountainwoman- YES! I love your enthusiasm. There are some races on the east coast -- Baltimore and Philadelphia. I bet they're great. Here's the link to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_sculpture_race

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  12. This is so cool! We're going to have to add this to our bucket list as another reason to visit the West Coast.

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  13. Mark-- I hope you and Leah do make it out west. This is such a wild and fun event!

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