Kinetic Sculpture Race

News & Press from Past Races

— 2015 —

Thank you Baltimore!

AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race named Best Event For Out-Of-Towners by Baltimore Magazine

We are simply euphoric at the news that our beloved Kinetic Sculpture Race has been awarded a Best of Baltimore WIN for Best Event for Out-of-Towners! Our ecstatic jubilation cannot even be contained in a simple website post, but we'll certainly try. Here goes:

We'd like to thank Baltimore Magazine and its dedicated staff and readers. And say a special THANK YOU to every single soul involved in our annual race: all the intrepid Kinetinauts and their persevering Pit Crew, who create and pilot magnificent works of kinetic art that deliver joy to the many. To the numerous departments and officials of Baltimore City, who fearlessly filed paperwork, boldly blocked traffic, emailed and called on our behalf, and worked so hard to help us re-schedule this dear race. To our valorous Volunteers, who freely don a chicken or cop costume without the slightest scorn. To our jovial Judges, for sweating it out the whole day in black robes, and not being too judgy of our own wardrobe malfunctions. To our stouthearted Staff, we who would not let a phrase like "State of Emergency" deter us from our massive task at hand. To's Tom Jones and his team of plucky Photographers, who snap and sort thousands of race day photos, just so we can see how ridiculous this whole thing actually looks. And lastly but certainly not leastly, the entire City of Baltimore, who courageously cheers us on, supports us, and who's chin-up attitude in the face of certain setback inspires us to keep building and pedaling year after year!

Thank you, and while we bask in the glory of this Kinetic win for the moment, we quickly realize it's almost time to get started on next year's entry! Join us May 7, 2016 for the 18th Annual, Official, East Coast National Championship, Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Congrats to all the Winners! Check them out on Baltimore Magazine's site!


Congrats to 2015's East Coast Natl Grand Mediocre Champions: Kracken Upcycle!

A truly Out Of This World 2015 Race! Mega #Kinetic Thanks & Congrats to all the Teams & Award Winners!

34 incredible teams endured the blistering heat & humidity this past Sunday, June 14 to compete in AVAM's 17th annual Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. The race was an undeniable success, and each one of these invincible teams earned their Kinetic medals with flying (& perspiring) colors! While we are still recovering & re-hydrating, we want to take a moment to say the most sincere out of this world THANKS to the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that helped make this day possible for AVAM & the city of Baltimore.


Thank You To:

  • Our Maryland State Delegates
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her staff
  • Baltimore City Police
  • Baltimore Fire Department
  • Baltimore Office of Promotions and the Arts
  • Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks, especially the staff at Patterson Park!
  • Every single Kinetic Team and their Pilots, Pit Crew and Supporters
  • Our Kinetic Volunteers, Judges and MCs
  • Tom Jones & the team of photographers
  • All of our Sponsors (list below), Vendors and Food Trucks
  • Tour dem Parks, Hon!
  • Every one of AVAM's own sun-baked STAFF
  • Our generous supporters thru our Crowdrise fundraiser
  • And YOU: our dedicated fans and spectators who cheered us on the whole day!

Finally, CONGRATS to every Kinetic team who competed & finished, especially our East Coast National Grand Mediocre Champion: Kracken Upcycle. Full 2015 Race Results ae now posted at and many more of the 5k+ photos they shot during the day will be posted within a week or so. For more information on the race, how to get involved next year (join a team, volunteer, or sponsor) – visit


— 2014 —

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Tick Tock the Croc, Photo by John Soulé,

Congrats to the 2014 Kinetic Grand Mediocre Champion: Tick Tock The Croc

Once again, our annual Kinetic Sculpture Race was without a doubt, a mega success! Before we get to work on cleaning the mud off Fifi and Bumpo, we wanted to take a minute to re-cap the day and shout-out some special thanks to the folks who we couldn't have done it without. This year's race was our sweet 16th annual east coast championship, and was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014. It featured 33 unique and outrageously wild human-powered vehicles, that traversed a very challenging 15 mile course over land, water, mud and sand. We estimate some of the largest crowds we've ever seen at the most popular spots, and this year we witnessed some of most jaw-dropping creative works of kinetic art, engineering and costumes by far. It was truly an astonishing exposition to behold!

Congratulations to the 2014 Grand Mediocre East Coast Champion, as well as the Art, People's Choice, and Marine Posse Favorite Award Winner: Tick Tock The Croc!

And congrats to all the other 2014 Kinetic Award Winners too, including:

  • Engineering: Fire
  • Pilots' Choice: Good Dog
  • Next to Last & Sock Creature of the Universe: Toyboxers
  • Spirit of the Glorious Founder & Marine Posse Perseverance Award: Icing on the Cake
  • Speed: Max's Rat Patrol
  • Golden Dinosaur: Name Your Game
  • Best Costumes: Swan Song of Betsy Patterson
  • Best Pit Crew: Cornography
  • Worst Honorable Mention: It's My Daddy's Beemer and I'll Cry if I Want To
  • Golden Flipper: Doodle
  • Best Bribes: Team 1-Up
  • Judges Fill-in-the-Gap Award: Dog Park
  • Sweet 16 Award: Halo

Finally, a big congrats to all the vehicles who participated in the race, and especially those who achieved ACE status! We'd like to thank our tireless staff – whose collective blood, sweat and tears go into every element of this race; our incredible team of 100+ Kinetic Volunteers – who dedicate a full day to dressing silly and doing very useful, but fun jobs; our generous sponsors; our not-too-judgmental Judges; our Kinetic historian Tom Jones, and his fearless Kinetic Baltimore photographers – who lovingly document the entire race for your viewing pleasure; all the rest of our photographers and media peeps who help shine a light on this wacky Baltimore tradition; and to our spectators, for coming out to cheer us on through thick and thin, and letting us make a completely authentic spectacle for you!

2014 Media Coverage:

Check out some of the great media coverage our 16th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race recieved -- pretty sweet!

  • Voice of America "Kinetic Sculpture Race Has Different Rules" by Deborah Block • watch
  • WBAL TV 11 "Ingenuity, artistry celebrated at 16th Kinetic Sculpture Race" by Jennifer Franciotti • watch
  • WJZ TV 13: Ron Matz interviews Team Jemicy @ AVAM • watch
  • WBFF Fox 45 News: "Scores Turn Out for Kinetic Sculpture Race" • watch
  • Baltimore Sun's Dark Room: photo coverage of the 2014 race • view
  • Baltimore Guide story: "Kinetic Sculpture Race amazes, again" • read
  • Photographer John Soulé covers the entire 2014 race • view
  • Baltimore Sun story "One team, five years at AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race" • read
  • Baltimore Magazine chats with AVAM's own Mother Theresa about the race • read
  • story on KSR "Sculptures That Will Move You (Literally)" • read
  • AAA World Magazine features a spotlight on Kinetic & pic of Dr. Vlad (p.28-29) • read
  • WAMU 88.5 interviews the "Put a Lid On It" team of Takoma Park • listen
  • City Paper's "Love is a Sea Monster" story on Kinetic vets Melissa & Phil Smith • read
  • National Geographic's "Free Things To Do In Baltimore" lists Kinetic • read
  • B The Site posts Kinetic vets Melissa & Phil Smith's Likes/Dislikes • read
  • Baltimore Sun story "Baltimore Lab School Strikes Out On It's Own" • read

— 2013 —

Kinetic Sculpture Race

2013 Grand Champs Eek! (Kinetic Baltimore)

2013 Race Results from Kinetic Baltimore!

Congrats to all the winners & teams of the 15th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race! Take a look at Kinetic Baltimore's Full Race Coverage to see some amazing photos that Tom Jones & his fearless team took throughout the day, along with a complete list of 2013 Awards & Highlights.



We are so thrilled to share some amazing media coverage of our 2013 Kinetic Sculpture Race. Here are some links for you to share & enjoy:

— 2012 —

Champions The 1% blast thru the finish line! Photo by

14th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race Report now online!

Saturday May 5, 2012: The American Visionary Art Museum hosted it's 14th Annual, East Coast National Championship, KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE throughout the streets, parks, and harbor waters of Charm City (aka Baltimore, MD). This year, 35 unbelievably crafted, human-powered entries, piloted by teams of fearless Kinetinauts & their courageous Pit Crews raced for the glory, and the coveted Grand Mediocre Champion (finishes right in the middle) on Cinco de Mayo! 2012's Champions The 1% hailed from Proteus Bicycles of College Park. Their vehicle, a solid gold, pedal-powered Rolls Royce was a comic look at the widening economic divide between "the haves" & "have-nots," and turned many heads as they toured the city spreading their well-heeled Kinetic $pirit! And lest we forget the many other outstanding marvels of Kinetic engineering & design, including (to name just a few): People's Choice Award Winner Loose Cannon, Pilot's Choice Award Winner Bling Dynasty, Art Award Winner Yes! Oui! Cancan, Engineering Award Winner Bike to the Future, Speed Award Winner Lickety Split, Best Costumes Winner The Polysaccharides, and all the rest!

As always,'s Tom Jones & his team of undaunted Kinetiarazzi Photographers covered the entire race with absolute precision & impeccable detail! You can literally relive the entire day & see (just about) every moment captured on their site with their 2012 Race Report – check it out now!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 2012 Kinetic Sculpture Race, and made this amazing community event possible – including our Kinetinauts, Pit Crew, Volunteers, Judges, Spectators, Baltimore City Police, Federal Hill, Canton Waterfront & Patterson Parks, Staff, Sponsors, & so many more – THANK YOU for all you did! And, it's never too early to get started on your vehicle for next year's race (Saturday May 4, 2013!) – check out's How To Build A Kinetic Vehicle Reference Guide, along with their Past Race Lore, Handy Spectator's Guide, & so much more!

— 2011 —

Associated Press Video of AVAM's 2011 Kinetic Sculpture Race!

AVAM's 2011 "Lucky" 13th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race video coverage by Associated Press

Hot off the press - first featured on Yahoo! News, now syndicated on Youtube - the Associated Press video coverage of AVAM's Lucky 13th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race: Pink poodle, bobbing bird take on city's streets - catch all your favorite Kinetic vehicles & pilots competeing for the glory! And BIG congrats to all this year's Winners, especially 2011 Grand Mediocre East Coast Champions PLATYPUS, Ankh-ers Away (Art Award), Am-Ish Sin Caballo (Engineering), Go Ask Alice (People's Choice), and all the other winners too! Special thanks to all our participants, sponsors, volunteers, judges, spectators, our fair city of Baltimore & the Baltimore Police, Federal Hill Park & Patterson Park, and of course Kinetic Baltimore! Keep posted to this site & for more photos & race re-caps coming soon.

AVAM would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2011 Kinetic Sculpture Race: The Francis Goelet Charitable Trusts, Centre at Golden Ring, and J4P Associates.

— 2010 —

Wall Street Journal's 2010 Kinetic Sculpture Race Video

AVAM's 2010 Kinetic Sculpture Race on the front page of Wall Street Journal!

As we all know, The Wall Street Journal primarily covers U.S. and international business, and financial news and issues. But, as of 5/19/2010, it has expanded its coverage to include something REALLY IMPORTANT: AVAM's celebration of Creativity, Ingenuity, Community Involvement, and Irrepressible Spirit - The 12th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race!!!

In case you didn't pick up a copy on the newsstand (The Journal has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the United States! 2.1 million copies!), you can see the free, online version: Sculpture That Can Slog Through Mud Pit is a Real Piece of Work. Be sure to check out the slideshow and video! You'll see AVAM's own Fifi the pink poodle, Bumpo the elephant, tremendous crowds, and more!

In both the print and online versions, there's one of those awesome little stipple drawings (a hallmark of the WSJ and usually reserved for portraits of CEOs and such) of one of the vehicles:

Thanks and congratulations to all of the Kinetinauts, Pit Crew, Barnacles, Families, hundreds of Volunteers (including the "Mud Doctors" featured in the article!), Spectators, Public Servants, and more that make the race possible and a stunning success! And it's not to early to start working on your own vehicle for the Kinetic XIII, on May 7, 2011. See for more inspiration, race rules, lore, and more!

For More News, History, Lore, Photos, and Official Race Reports, visit!