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, 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.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.
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:
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