River Festival Call

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  • Application due date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Jurors’ announcement: March 6, 2018
  • Raceday: Saturday, June 2, 2018.

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.


For the third year, the race and River Festival will take place at Lechmere Canal Park and on the Cambridge Parkway (in red). The People’s Sculpture Race runs along Cambridge Parkway from the top right (northeast) to the lower left (southeasterly) and returns to the start via an 8′ tarmac sidewalk adjacent to the Parkway. As this is not a wide racecourse, contenders take off in clusters and are individually timed. The start-end line, exhibition, assembly, and announcement area is in the area adjacent to and immediately NW of the Cambridge Parkway (and east of Land Blvd). Artists are asked to participate in the exhibition which runs until 5 PM.

How to Enter

Email proposals, title, images of proposed and past work, short bio, contact info by Saturday, March 3 to  sculptureracing@gmail.com. Jurying takes place early the following week. The three jurors–Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center; Matthew Hincman, Chair of the Fine Arts 3D Department at Mass Art; and John Bell, a founder of the Honk! Festival, and the Ballard Museum of Puppetry Director and a UCONN Theater Professor–will judge work on the basis of quality, originality, fidelity to guidelines, practicality, & entrants’ demonstrated capacity to complete the project.  Notifications within a week. PLEASE MEET OUR JURORS. 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

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Handmade trophies by PSR team member and artist Rory Beerits 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 21.  This is a Cambridge Science Festival event. See sculptureracing/Danehy for more info & workshops.