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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

Announcing Jurors for River Festival Race

Announcing three outstanding jurors for the June 2 River Festival Race! (Entries due March 3.)

Henriette Huldisch, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge
Matthew Hincman, Chair of the Fine Arts 3D Department at MassArt, and a sculptor.
John Bell, a Founder of the Honk! Festival, and the Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and an Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, and a performer.
(see below for bios)

Henriette Huldisch
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Matthew Hinçman

John Bell  


Henriette Huldisch is the Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge. Before starting at the List in 2014, she worked at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin. From 2010-2014, Huldisch also served as Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester and from 2004-2008, was assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Among her publications are An Inventory of Shimmers (2017), Ellen Harvey: The Museum of Failure (2015), the 2008 Biennial Exhibition catalogue, and numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues and publications such as Artforum.

Matthew Hinçman is a sculptor and educator living in Jamaica Plain. Best known for Jamaica Pond Bench, 2006, and STILL, 2014, both in Jamaica Plain, his interventions are generally found in public places, are often easy to miss, and attempt to disrupt the order of the everyday. He is Professor of Sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Chair of the Fine Arts 3D Program. He serves on the Board of the Boston-based non-profit Now+There that serves artists and the city by creating impactful public art projects that spark change, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.

John Bell is the Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and an Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut.  He was a member of the Bread and Puppet Theater company from 1976 to 1986; a founding member of the Brooklyn-based theater company Great Small Works; an organizer of the Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands in Somerville; and a trombonist in the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band. His writing includes American Puppet Modernism; and Strings, Hands, Shadows: A Modern Puppet History. He edited Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects, and co-edited The Routledge Guide to Puppetry and Material Performance.

Thank you, jurors, for volunteering your time and wisdom!