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Here's a Sculpture!
Homecoming Queen Fifi approaches the mud in Patterson Park on May 3, 2014. Want to see more photos?
Saturday, May 2!
Only 14 days until the 17th annual race! Get working on your spectator costume now! The 2015 theme is OUT OF THIS WORLD, celebrating the 25th year of the Hubble Space Telescope.

May 2 Race is Fast Approaching!

We're preparing the 2015 Spectator’s Guide, with a race map, list of entries, and other essential information. It’ll be published in late April. Until then, the best approximation of the race route and timing is available in the 2014 Spectator’s Guide.

Complete Coverage of the 2014 Race

Learn about the race with our complete coverage of the May 3, 2014 Baltimore race!

Final call for volunteers! Come to the final volunteer meeting 10am Saturday, April 25! Free food!

Last Call for Teams!

The deadline for racer entry forms was April 1! You can still submit your team’s form with a late fee—but it must be received at the AVAM front desk by 5:00pm Sunday April 26. (Postmarks don’t count.) Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

Kinetic Forum

Wondering how to keep your sculpture from capsizing or where to get the best photos? Racers, volunteers, spectators, and other enthusiasts are welcome in our Kinetic Forum bulletin board to discuss all sorts of kinetic topics. Post your question!

What’s a Kinetic Sculpture Race?

Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland.  The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.

Kinetic Sculpture Racing traces its roots to Ferndale, California in 1969 when artist Hobart Brown upgraded his son’s tricycle into a 5-wheeled pentacycle and was challenged to a race down Main Street. (Hobart did not win.) Over the decades since, the California race evolved into a 3-day all-terrain Kinetic Grand Championship including treacherous sand dunes, water crossings, and elaborate sculptures and costumes. You can learn more on Wikipedia.

For more about the Baltimore race, browse the race photo results in the left menu.

Where can I see Kinetic Sculptures?

You can go to a Kinetic Sculpture Race on the day(s) they run, or the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. AVAM displays Fifi and their other sculptures year round in the dedicated Sculpture Barn.

How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture

Learn from Elliot’s How To Build a Kinetic Sculpture reference guide.

The Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race is sponsored and run by the American Visionary Art Museum. is the volunteer work of Tom Jones.
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