2019 River Festival Call

Timeline

  • NEW Application/Design due date: Sunday, March 24, midnight.
  • Jurors’ announcement: Within a week of the design deadline
  • Raceday: Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Event

This is a ¾ mile juried race of pushed, pulled, or pedaled sculpture with a following daylong exhibition at the Cambridge Arts River Festival. The festival is an annual celebration with 150,000–200,000 festival-goers. Participants have the opportunity to join in a spectacular, well-attended event, and exhibit their work publicly on Race Day and on the PSR site, and become part of the sculpture racing community.

The Exhibition site will be at Carl F. Barron Plaza in Central Square, and the racecourse will run for most of its length along Massachusetts Ave.

How to Enter

Email proposals, title, images of proposed and past work, short bio, contact info by March 24 to  sculptureracing@gmail.com. Jurying takes place early the following week. The three jurors–Reid Drum, kinetic artist in the 3D Department at Mass Art and two other jurors TBA–will judge work on the basis of quality, originality, fidelity to guidelines, practicality, & entrants’ demonstrated capacity to complete the project.  Notifications within a week. Works need not be completed until RACEDAY.

Basic Guidelines (see here for all guidelines)

  1. The overarching aesthetic is spectacle (visually striking performance or display) and capturing the imagination.
  2. All works must be human-powered, i.e. pushed, pulled, or pedaled
  3. Rolling parts (such as wheels) or other devices (such as metal feet) making motive contact with the ground must be integral to the artistic work.
  4. This is a ‘total art’ event: projects are encouraged to include performance, sound art, costumes, kinetic objects

Additional Guidelines

Trophies

Handmade trophies by PSR will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Speed – who finishes the race first.
  • Spectacle – visually striking performance or display; creativity, craftmanship, uniqueness, artistic merit, daring, wildness, significance
  • Ingenuity – engineering innovation

Other Races

An unjuried Community Race and exhibition will take place at Danehy Park, in northwest Cambridge, on Saturday, April 20.  This is a Cambridge Science Festival event. See sculptureracing/Danehy for more info & workshops.