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Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race



Here's a Sculpture!
Golden Eyedra and the Elusive Πλατύπους with 9 pilots on the water near Canton on May 7, 2016. Want to see more photos?
Only 7 days until the 19th annual race! Saturday, May 6. Get working on your spectator costume now!

Get Ready for the Race: Saturday, May 6!
We expect to publish the 2017 Spectator’s Guide by 5pm Saturday

The 2017 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race will be Saturday, May 6, 2017. Make your plans! The theme for the 2017 race is FOOD. So far, we expect the schedule and route will be generally similar to last year, so you can make preliminary plans from the 2016 Spectator’s Guide.

Check out the Kinetic Forum!

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

Photos from Last Year

A beautiful day to race! See our full coverage of 2016!

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 30. (Postmarks don’t count.) Download the entry form on the Enter! page.

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 began in 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 including a list of other races nationwide.

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. KineticBaltimore.com is the volunteer work of Tom Jones.
If you have any suggestions about making this site better, or any questions, you can e-mail Tom at tjones@spril.com.