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Friday
May042012

only in baltimore: AVAM's kinetic sculpture race

photo by: kslee What: AVAM’s 14th Kinetic Sculpture Race
When: Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am
Where: The American Visionary Art Museum

Opened in 1989, the American Visionary Art Museum, AVAM, emphasizes art that’s defined as ‘visionary’ which is often produced by self-taught individuals whose works are conceptualized from an innate vision or inner voices that beg to be seen and heard.

Tomorrow, a race of machines—totally wacky and completely powered by people—will take place on a 15-mile route through Baltimore to the thrill of thousands of spectators.

Designed to travel on land, water, mud and sand, each sculpture is constructed out of used gears, bicycles—and just plain parts. Created by part-time tinker-ers or full-time engineers, they can be small, simple and piloted by one ‘kinetinaut’, or sophisticated well-oiled and engineered over 50’ long and powered by a team of kinetinauts/pilots.

Competition is serious for awards that are as unusual as the entries: the most coveted Mediocre Award for the sculpture that finishes right in the middle, the Next-to-the-Last Award, and for the more serious Art and Engineering awards.

Coveted spots to view the race are the first checkpoint, the Water Entry at the Korean War Memorial Park in Canton, the uphill mud-pit in Patterson Park or the not-so-quick-sand pit in Patterson Park.