THREE NEW WORKSHOPS – ALL THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 8 & 9
(All three are open to all ages and skill levels)
Intensive Sculpture Racing Prototype Building Workshops
April 8 & 9 (two-day workshop), 1 PM – 4 PM. Email us with your interest.
Blue Worm Group, David Lang
Two Sculpture Racing Building Workshops
Taught by Jeff DelPapa
For anyone thinking about racing an artwork in this years community Sculpture Race, Jeff Del Papa, chief engineer for people’s sculpture racing is hosting an event at CRMI that will get you off to a flying start. Learn how to construct what is normally considered a stationary art form using a minimum of tools, and straightforward materials, then make it able to move under your human power, complete with animated bits, and how to get it to (hopefully) hang together until you cross the finish line.
This is an event for families (yes, bring the kids), teachers, scouting (or similar) groups and others looking for an interesting project, one that combines art with engineering, to occupy the upcoming school vacation week. The race will be held at Danehy park (near Fresh Pond in Cambridge), on Sunday April 23, part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Feel free to take one or both workshops!
Dizzy the Cat, Jeff Del Papa & Teens
Jeff Del Papa Workshop #1
April 8, 1-2 PM
Parts and Crafts
577 Somerville Ave., Somerville.
Jeff Del Papa Workshop #2
April 9, 1-2:30 PM
Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA – (781-) 893-5410.
Cost: museum admission (adults $10; children and teens $5)
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
David Lang, kinetic sculptor “I have been active as an artist for all of my adult life. Since 2005 I have been constructing interactive Kinetic Sculpture from my studio in Natick MA. I am also a painter, photographer and writer. I chaired the Art Department at Middlesex School in Concord, MA from 1972 thru 2003. I was a flight instructor at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA for 24 years.” David served as a juror for entries for the 2017 Cambridge Arts River Festival race. http://www.davidlangstudios.com/
Jeff Del Papa is a Maker, card carrying NERD, and a builder of strange things. He founded the first American team to appear on the engineering competition show “Junkyard Wars”. He builds catapults (punkin chunkin, piano “moving”) strange bicycles, and the odd practical effect for TV sorts. He teaches at the Somerville kids makerspace “Parts and Crafts” (he also runs team building events for adults), is the current president of the New England Model Engineering Society, and Chief Engineer for People’s Sculpture Racing. http://www.the-nerds.org/
Everyone is welcome to participate in the second annual Community Sculpture Race and Exhibition at Danehy Park on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 (corrected date). 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, followed by an 2-hour exhibition of your work!!!
Families, artists, engineers, teens, professionals, amateurs–build a sculpture on wheels! Please see the “Calls” section for design guidelines and FAQs, and the ‘Make’ link that has ideas for building racers. We’ll have some workshops coming up, check out the “Classes” section. Have a look at the photos of last year’s race.
Please let us know by Friday, April 21–earlier is better so we can send you information!–if you intend to participate. Racers should arrive by 9:45 (where the green marker is on the map), earlier if you need to assemble your contraption. Your friends should arrive by 10:45–earlier is better because it’s the race site is hard to find–for a sharp 11 AM event kickoff!
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.
Please also visit us at the Cambridge Science Festival Robot Festival and Zoo on Saturday, April 15 from noon to 5 PM in the outdoors basketball court at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School on Cambridge Street. Submit your entry there!
Our 2017 jurors–Deborah Douglas (MIT Museum Curator), Richard Zauft (Dean of Lesley University College of Art and Design), and Boston Sculpture Gallery artists Nancy Selvage and David Lang–met Wednesday, March 15. Richard hosted us by his office at the Lunder Arts Center.
The jurors reviewed 19 works, of which nine are new, one combines old and new, five raced in previous PSR races, and three are legacy works from the 1980s. The jurors accepted 15 works. Four teams may resubmit their pieces by April 21, three with working prototypes. The final field will be announced at that time.
The Jurors at LUCAD: Debbie Douglas, Richard Lang, Dean Richard Zauft, Nancy Selvage.
Please see ABOUT OUR JURORS for more images and bios.
Debbie accessioning Wheel #2 for the MIT Museum from Lionel Spiro in 2015 after it won the first People’s Sculpture Race.
Deborah G. Douglas, Director of Collections & Curator, Science & Technology, MIT Museum
Deborah G. Douglas oversees the MIT Museum’s extensive science and technology collections. Prior to joining the museum’s staff in 1999, she worked as an independent scholar specializing in the history of technology and science. From 1994 through 1999, she served as the Visiting Historian for the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia and as adjunct assistant professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Douglas is the author of American Women and Flight since 1940. She received her A.B. in history from Wellesley College and holds A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Zauft, Dean of Lesley University College of Art and Design & Artist
Prior to becoming Dean of LUCAD, associate vice president of academic affairs for Emerson College in Boston, where he also served as executive director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, interim dean of liberal arts, and dean of graduate studies.
He designs, illustrates, and hand prints letterpress printed broadsides (prints) and books that
follow five distinct avenues of interest. These include the visual interpretation of poetry; commissioned commemorative prints for special events; political and social satire and humor; personal celebrations featuring my own poetry; and prints showcasing historical applications of typography.
Nancy Selvage, Artist
“I am engaged with the intersection between dematerialized space and visceral substance.
This juxtaposition has an existential and visual complexity that resonates with my impetus to
capture fleeting insights from the flux of life.”
Nancy exhibits her work at Boston Sculptors Gallery and in numerous national and international venues. Clients for large public art commissions include the City of Lowell, MA; Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA; City of Cambridge, MA; Keene State College, NH; the National Park Service, Grand Canyon, AZ; and the North Carolina Zoo, Ashboro, NC. Nancy Selvage received a BA in Art History from Wellesley College and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. Nancy Selvage’s educational career includes a long tenure as Director at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University. http://nancyselvage.com/
David A. Lang, Sculptor
“I have been active as an artist for all of my adult life. Since 2005 I have been constructing interactive Kinetic Sculpture from my studio in Natick MA. I am also a painter, photographer and writer. I chaired the Art Department at Middlesex School in Concord, MA from 1972 thru 2003. I was a flight instructor at Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA for 24 years.” http://www.davidlangstudios.com/
Christian Herold photos
Juror announcements will be the evening of Wednesday, March 15.
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