NEFA Grant to be distributed to Sculpture Racers
The New England Foundation for the Arts has bestowed a generous grant to People’s Sculpture Racing. The Fund for the Arts at NEFA has granted PSR and its fiscal umbrella the Cambridge Arts Council $7,000 for organization building and to distribute to race participants.
Teams participating in the Saturday, June 3, 2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival race will equally split a purse of about $4,500.
People’s Sculpture Racing holds brief urban races of mobile artist and community sculpture, followed by exhibitions. Since 2015, it has held a juried race at the June River Festival, and an unjuried community race during the Cambridge Science Festival in April. Images and video may be seen on the www.sculptureracing.org website.
The jury this year is comprised of Richard Zauft, Deborah Douglas, and David Lang. Zauft is the Dean of the Lesley University College of Art and Design; Douglas is the Curator of Science and Technology at the MIT Museum; and Lang is a celebrated kinetic sculptor.
Submissions for River Festival Race due March 4
Submissions for the juried River Festival Race are due March 4. Please see the call for entries on the website for details on judging criteria and submitting.
See the “River Festival Call” for details.
The June 4 sculpture race was wildly successful at its site along Cambridge Parkway this year.
Daniel Rosenberg took first prize with Hatching, a multi-layered geometric form comprised of interlocking cardboard pieces. Daniel came in last place last year as a crew member of the square-wheeled Sisyphus sculpture. Try, try, and try…you succeed at last!
1st Place: Hatching blazes towards the finish line
Second place was taken by two John Weidman sculptures from the original World Sculpture Racing Society races in the 1980s. Weidman’s stone and metal pieces, Push and Red-Breasted Sunbather, arrived in a dead heat. Push was piloted by James Herold, who won first place last year with another legacy piece, William Wainwright’s Wheel #2.
Tied for 2d Place: Red-Breasted Sunbather thunders toward the finish
Tied for 2d Place. Twins do their best to budge the cantankerous Push at the Exhibition.
Third place went to Seismic Cartographer, an entry by B.U.’s Time-Based Sculpture Class, a piece which dripped colored water–from ice cubes!–onto paper moving along rollers driven by the wheels’ turns. The class was taught by PSR team member Dennis Svoronos.
3rd Place: Seismic Cartographer. Flag-bearer runs ahead to clear pedestrians from the way
More photos and stories to come!
Scene from the Exhibition following the race
Images by C. Herold
Poster by Dennis Svoronos
11 AM sharp – opening ceremony at the Sculpture Garden
11:10 or so – staggered race from the Garden down Cambridge Parkway and back the same way.
11:50 or so – awards ceremony at the Garden
12-6 – sculpture racing exhibition at the Garden
The Sculpture Garden and the Start and Finish lines are at the top (north) of Cambridge Parkway. There’s no parking there.
THREE MAPS (the first two are upside-down)
The Sculpture Garden. This above map is upside-down (east is to the left!)
Walk to the Sculpture Garden along Lechmere Canal, which runs east from Cambridgeside Galleria (the above map is also upside-down; east is to the left!)
Cambridge Parkway runs along the Charles River near the Science Center. (This map is correct.)
And where is all that? (The red marker is right near the race start/finish line.)
How do you get there?
Walk easterly from the Cambridgeside Galleria past the fountain, along the Lechmere Canal, under Land Boulevard, towards the Charles River.
If you’re dropping someone off, drive in a northerly direction along Land Boulevard (the wide orange road on the map), and pull over just before or after Cambridge Parkway, which runs east/to the right off Land Boulevard (you can use “International Merchant Services” on your GPS).
- Cambridgeside Galleria Garage (100 Cambridgeside Place) –5 hours or fewer $11; more than 5 hours, daily max of $22.
- First Street Garage (Spring St at First) – 5 hours is $8; more than 10 hours is $20.
- There is metered parking to the west of the Galleria, and then, further west, resident parking.
10 Minute Walk
- Lechmere Station
- Science Park
20 Minute Walk
- Charles/MGH are 20-minute walks.
Consider giving yourself plenty of time to orient yourself and make your way to the Sculpture Garden and Cambridge Parkway. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Here are the racers from April 23rd’s race at Danehy Park photographed by Andrew Held. More images here.
BiblioBurro by Harvard Arts in Education Team with Scott Ruescher
Aesop’s Fabulous Flying Machine by Maud Morgan Arts kids with Mitch Ryerson
Planet Express by Team Fornasaro (first place)
Flock by Artist Operation
Ofu 22/7 by Team Frehywot
Flashbulb of Destiny Captained by Jaral HALsen by Parts & Crafts kids with Jeff DelPapa
Dizzy the Cat by Parts & Crafts kids with Jeff DelPapa
A Wildly Running Winged Demon by Gilead Tadmor
Kim Bernard, Jason Weeks, and Anne Lilly review submissions for the June 4 People’s Sculpture Race at the Cambridge Arts River Festival. Anne Lilly’s studio, March 22, 2016.