Join us at the Community Sculpture Race!RAIN OR SHINE!

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 11:00 AM – LEAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO FIND US!

Rain or shine, but the post-race exhibition may be canceled

This is a Cambridge Science Festival Event, a 4/10 mile race of wheeled arts and crafts on the loopy sidewalks around the Olympic soccer field at Danehy Park in northwest Cambridge (near Alewife), followed by an exhibition of works until 2 PM. The race is followed by an exhibition of works lasting until 2 PM. There will be an artist/engineer design table at the exhibition where fans of all ages can contribute a conceptual design for a racing sculpture.

Here’s a link to more information about entering.

Here are images of 2017’s race.

Here are images of the first, 2016, race.


New Picture (28)

Racecourse at Danehy Park. Green marker in the earthview view above is the location of starting (and ending) line. The exhibition area in on the hill to immediately to the northwest of the marker (on the course).

Where is Danehy Park?

Where is Danehy Park

Danehy Park is at the top left. It is an easy lope from Alewife T Station (16 minutes). We suggest parking in the Field Street lot to the S.W. of the park. (Parking is available from New Street to the west of the park, but that lot fills up fast on Saturdays.) Fresh Pond Mall’s parking lot is also close. (The green marker in the map view above doesn’t mean anything.)

Walking Distances
Alewife T: 16 minutes
Porter Square: 22 minutes
Davis Square: 24 minutes

NEW DEADLINE for 2019 race: March 24

2019 River Festival Call


  • 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 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.

More information….

About the 2019 Jurors

Introducing the jurors for the June 1 2019 River Festival race: John Weidman, Mags Harries, and Reid Drum.

John Weidman in the Andres Institute’s workshop.

John Weidman is one of the original members of the World Sculpture Racing Society, a working sculptor, and the co-founder and director of the Andres Institute of Art and Sculpture Garden in Brookline, NH. The sculpture garden, which magically covers a small mountain, is the largest in New England. John’s website.

Water Sports (1980s). John has created and raced metal and stone sculptures, including possibly the heaviest piece ever raced. Some of the best works finish last! (G. Koetsch image)

Mags Harries was a juror in the inaugural 2015 race. Here she is (leftmost) with Laura Knott and Nick Capasso reviewing entries.

Mags Harries’ public art projects have received national recognition and won many awards. Her early projects Asaroton and Glove Cycle have become icons of the Boston area. Many of her temporary projects involve community participation and social action, including: Winding Down the Charles, Speed of Light, and One Legged Table. She is an active member of the Boston Sculpture Gallery and teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Mags was a juror for our premiere River Festival race in June 2015 Mags’ website.

Reid Drum is a faculty member of MassArt, and runs its industrial-scale, 11,000 s.f. foundry. He is a kinetic artist, and teaches classes in kinetic art, the design and construction of metal sculpture, and general 3D art.

Last year

Raceday 2018 – Schedule & Directions


Give yourself plenty of time to orient yourself and make your way to the Sculpture Garden and Cambridge Parkway.

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)

River Fest - the Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden. This above map is upside-down (east is to the left!)

River Fest - Walk from First Street
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!)

Where is the River Festival
Cambridge Parkway runs along the Charles River near the Science Center. (This map is correct.)

Location of River Festival
And where is all that? (Red marker is right next to 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.

The T

10 Minute Walk

  • Lechmere Station
  • Science Park

20 Minute Walk

  • MIT/Kendall
  • Charles/MGH are 20-minute walks.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sculpture Racing Team Keynote Speakers for Kennedy School STEAM Week

Sculpture Racing Team Keynote Speakers for Kennedy School STEAM Week

Friday, May 25, 2018
Kennedy School (K-8), Somerville

Raquel Fornasaro, Christian Herold, and Rock Louis displayed the glories of sculpture racing as keynote speakers and film maker for the Kennedy School’s STEAM Week Kickoff. Raquel showed off Rocket Express 2.0 which her kids (now 7 and 9) helped design. Christian showed slides demonstrating design process stages–from concept, schematic, and prototype, to real-world race. The talk concluded with Rock’s Rockdreams Productions 7-minute video combining footage from the River Festival Race and the Community Race. Rock custom made the video for the Kickoff. The event was started off by Lindsey Tosches, STEAM Teacher and Makerspace Coordinator, Principal Mark Hurrie, and youth outlining upcoming STEAM Week events. The whole school watched, including 450 kids seated in the gym-auditorium in neat rows by grade and classroom. Images by Raquel.



2018 River Festival Field

Work Year Artist
Bedlam Express 2015* Jeff Del Papa and Artisans Asylum
Bill Wainwright’s Big Wheel 1980s (var*) John Powell and Owen Mack (and Bill Wainwright)
Chandelsphere 2018 Daniel B. Rosenberg
Dashing Grand Dame of the Andres Institute of Art 2008 Yuri Kudryavchenko
Digital Lifestyle: Data Mining 2018 Duken Delpév
Dizzy the Cat 2015* Jeff Del Papa and Parts & Crafts
Happily Train I: Killer Bunneez 2018 American Family Happily Institute/Belinda Be
Including the Kitchen Sink! 2018 Mac Pierce
Gear Today, Gone Tomorrow 2018 Mike Dawson & Somerville Youth
Mau-olhado 2018 Fornasar Family 2018 Drew, Rowan, and Joy Wallace
Push 1980s* John Weidman
Red-Breasted Sunbather 1980s* John Weidman
Schooling 2017* Artist Operation
Swimming Fish 2018 Schainker-Frehywot Family
Whitney Music Cart 2018 Philip Knodle