Monday, May 30, 2016

For The Glory

Last year was my first look at the Kinetic Sculpture race here in Humboldt County. I fell in love with it. Roger had been to quite a few here many years ago, in the 1970s. So, of course we had to walk into town Saturday morning to see the kinetic beasts as they lined up along the downtown plaza square getting ready to roar out of town.
It is quite a sight to see what people have constructed to make this three-day journey over land, roads, sand dunes, and water. And in the interest of having a great time, they plunge ahead with joy, great spirit, and absolute mirth.
The local newspaper article had this wonderful quote, "The day came replete with shouts of 'For the Glory!' saluting the late Ferndale artist Hobart Brown, the race’s 'Glorious Founder.' Brown’s inspiration demonstrates 'adults having fun so children will want to grow older.'”

We discovered this year that the race goes right past our street corner on their way out of town. So after we walked around the plaza we headed home for a snack and then back down the street to see them in action.




It is an utter delight to watch them pedal out of town. Smiling and laughing is simply contagious.

Last year we headed out to Eureka on the 2nd day of the race to watch the sculptures get ready for  their plunge into Humboldt Bay for the water part of the race. This year we decided to forgo the crowds there and the crazy intense winds off the bay. So, we watched the adventure live streaming on the computer. No, it's not the same at all, but still we were hooting and hollering and cheering right here in our living room. (The above photo is from the local newspaper. It shows the sculpture Tempus Fugitorium transformed and ready for the water. Interestingly, this is the newspaper's own team racing here!)
We did get to see Dragonass get into the water. It took them two tries, and it was amazing to watch them turn that beast around, head back up the ramp, turn around again and make their way out into the bay. Great teamwork and strength. I took a photo of the screen to share here.

The Kinetic Sculpture race is simply not to be missed. We were so inspired by it we dusted off and de-cob-webbed our bicycles on Sunday and went for a ride around the neighborhood. We love this race. For the glory!

21 comments:

  1. Lovely to see, so much creative fun. Also amazing for me to see that you have so many overhead cables. Brings back childhood memories. It's been decades since they have disappeared here.

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  2. So much more important than putting men into space or landing on the moon.

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  3. Wackos! Now if that were a national sport instead of football or baseball, I could get interested in sports. You are so lucky to have that in your town--right by your street corner, to boot!
    I like the photo with the old couple in the foreground, backs to the camera, each with a cane. All ages entertainment.

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  4. Goodness, these are very elaborate creations for a week end event. I loved the quote "adults having fun so children will want to grow older.”

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  5. Amazing sculptures. Thanks for sharing your fun day.

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  6. Sabine-- When I looked at the photos, I thought about all those overhead powerlines too. Sure would be nice if we had them underground. For a modern country, we're pretty backwards in a lot of important ways.

    John-- It's a fun race in so many ways, but most of all human-powered.

    CCorax-- When we were live-streaming the action I had my first sense of how people can enjoy watching sports on TV. I had no idea! It really is quite a fun and challenging event.

    Arkansas Patti-- Yes! Those sculptures are pretty spectacular. The giant dragon came down from Port Townsend, WA. This is a "big" small event! That quote is my favorite.

    NCmountainwoman-- I'm a low-key person, but this event brings out the cheering kid in me!

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  7. May they always have the Kinetic Sculpture race. Not only is it wrapped in fun but it's amazing how much thought and invention goes into making those wonderfully whimsical contraptions that can handle land, sand, mud and water. All the years I watched it I had never heard that Hobart Brown quote. I love it so much! Thanks for this post bums. I'm rather fond of that dragon. May they all survive.

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    1. jsk-- I love that quote too. I hope you make it back here to see the race again some time. You'll love it!

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  8. Rain-- I am usually not drawn to events, but this one really resonates with me. Human powered all the way!

    Tara-- Cool! You and Steve will love it.

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  9. Really cool! I don't usually go for things like this, either, but this event looks like it's worth watching. One July 4, Kali and I were in Sisters, OR, where they have an Outhouse Race. That was cool, too!

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  10. Scott-- It really is an event worth watching. An outhouse race sounds like it could be interesting!

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  11. It's so cool! I remember your post on last year's race. I just can't imagine something like that going on here. There must be something missing in the water.

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  12. Mark-- We live in hippie-ville! This is a race of incredible endurance and joy simultaneously. It would be so cool if small communities all across the county would try this.

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  13. Just great event and amazing sculptures and photos!

    PS: I agree with your comment, Google Street View is amazing, because we can do a vicarious trip!

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  14. How did I miss this, it looks amazing! Next year on the list.

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  15. Brig-- Thank you for stopping by. If you live in the area, absolutely check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race. It goes from Arcata to Eureka on Day 1; Eureka to Loleta on Day 2; and Loleta to Ferndale Day 3. Any one of those days would be a fantastic sight. I hope you get to do it, and thank you for stopping by.

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  16. So cool! These contraptions are like folk art.
    I enlarged each photo and they are awesome. So are the photos!

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  17. Pat-- Glad you liked these photos. The race is an amazing sight.

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