Monday, May 27, 2019

It's That Time of the Year...

 ...for our favorite Arcata event, The Kinetic Sculpture Grand Championship. It always begins on Saturday morning Memorial Day Weekend and takes three days for these sculptures to travel the arduous path to Ferndale, traveling on roads, dirt, sand, and in water. It's an occasion that makes us smile in every way. From the moment walk down to the plaza early Saturday morning to watch them do their brake tests, to watching them as they make their way out of town towards the sandy coast.

Wikipedia's explanation:
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]
 Here are a few of the sculptures we saw. There were 43 competing this year.





We came upon this  Paranormal Society sculpture on the Plaza, but I didn't get a photo, so I borrowed this one from a local newspaper. The sock puppet picked me out of the crowd and said,"These are tough times for the planet. Are you gonna be the one? Are you gonna fix it, lady with gray hair?" I told him, "Yes!" The crowd loved it. He pointed to a little boy standing next to me and said, "Little kids don't have to do it. You older ones do!" We all laughed. It was so much fun.

Later on these sculptures made their human-powered way through our neighborhood streets, which were lined with cheering crowds.



I can't tell you how much we love this Kinetic Sculpture Race. It is a time of so much energy, enthusiasm, joy, and vibrancy.

"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.'”

For the Glory!!

20 comments:

  1. I can see why you'd want to take in this event. It looks like super fun.

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  2. For the glory! I love that! Adults having fun so kids will not fear growing older, what an inspired reason for a public event. And yet that sock puppet reminded the crowd that joy and purpose must coexist. I'm not surprised he picked you out. He saw your aura.

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    1. 37paddington-- The Kinetic Sculpture race has been happening for 50 years now. I think about the kids who first saw it then, they are grown and probably racing here. I loved the sock puppet!

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  3. Wow, what creativity. The three day race sounds grueling but rewarding. Glad the sock puppet found you. He picked the right person.

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    1. Patti-- It is one of the coolest events in Arcata. We love it. I was so glad the sock puppet picked me.

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  4. Our friend Julia also posted some number of photos on her Facebook page. I'm always disappointed when I miss this extravaganza. So, I've marked it on my 2020 calendar and by Gawd, we are coming. Get the guest room ready!!

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    1. Tara-- It is quite the scene. You may have to share that guest room with Michael and Kim... I'll keep you posted. LOL!

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  5. As always, I love your photos of this yearly event. So much creativity and exuberance! This year I noticed that Arcata has three flags flying in the plaza -- U.S., California, and the POW-MIA flag. People having fun so that the new generation of veterans will want to grow older along with the children. Memorial Day weekend has evolved into a celebration of life.

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    1. am-- I like it so much that you noticed those flags. Me too. Yes, I'm glad they remembered the Memorial Day weekend, and it is wonderful that it has evolved into a celebration of life. Yes!

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  6. How many make it to the end I wonder and what state are they in. Looks like it is great fun

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    1. Billy-- Some of them don't even make it out of the plaza on the first day. But most do make it. Some don't go into the water, but do make other parts of the three day journey. It takes place here in northern California. It's quite an event. Here's a link to a local newspaper coverage with grand photos and stories.
      https://lostcoastoutpost.com/kinetics/2019/

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  7. We really need Squid Vicious to be in our Solstice Parade.

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  8. I love this unique and colorful parade. It looks like such fun.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- It is one of my most favorite events here in Arcata. So much fun!

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