​​​​​August 12, 2017 in Rockland, ME
Proposal Deadline:  June 1st

ROCKLAND             SCULPTURE RACE

Photo credit Andrew Held

QUESTIONS?  

CONTACT KIM BERNARD, ORGANIZER, AT INFO@ROCKLANDSCULPTURERACE.ORG

2017 JURORS


SUZETTE MCAVOY, DIRECTOR/CURATOR OF THE CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART

DONNA MCNEIL, CURATOR & FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE MAINE ARTS COMMISSION

MICHAEL KOMANECKY, CHIEF CURATOR, FARNSWORTH MUSEUM


​​​​The Project
Sculpture races are short races (< 1 mile) of pushed, pulled, and select pedaled artwork in urban locations followed by exhibitions.  The first Maine People’s Sculpture Race will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017.  Individuals, teams and community groups are encouraged to submit a design/sketch/proposal by June 1 to  info@ROCKLANDsculpturerace.org.  SUBMISSIONS will be REVIEWED by Jurors and APPLICANTS will be notified by June 30tH.  The Rockland sculpture race is a revival of and tribute to World Sculpture Racing (WSR), which took place during the Cambridge Arts River Festival events for five years in the 1980s, and in other locations nationally and worldwide. 


PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR...

  • SPEED - WHO FINISHES THE RACE FIRST

  • SPECTACLE - VISUALLY STRIKING PERFORMANCE OR DISPLAY, CREATIVITY, CRAFTSMANSHIP, UNIQUENESS, ARTISTIC MERIT, DARING, WILDNESS, SIGNIFICANCE

  • INGENUITY - ENGINEERING, INNOVATION​


OFFICIAL GUIDELINES

THE OVERARCHING  AESTHETIC IS SPECTACLE, TOWARDS WHICH END ART OBJECTS, ARTIST, AND ACTIONS FORM A WHOLE ARTWORK.  OTHER IMPORTANT AESTHETIC ELEMENTS ARE EXPRESSION AND CAPTURING THE IMAGINATION.  ALL WORKS MUST BE HUMAN–POWER, I.E. PUSHED, PULLED OR PEDALED.  PEDALED WORK MUST HAVE SOMEONE RUNNING ALONG WITH IT OR MOVE NO MORE THAN 2 METERS WITH EACH PETAL TURN, SO AS NOT TO DISADVANTAGE CONTENDERS ON FOOT.


BICYCLES, COVERED OR NOT, ARE NOT PERMITTED, THOUGH BICYCLE PARTS MAY BE USED.​


AS THE WORK IS OUTSIDE, IT SHOULD BE OF ADEQUATE SCALE, COLOR AND AMPLITUDE TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN ALL WEATHER.

ALL SCULPTURES MUST BE ABLE TO TRAVERSE A 3/4 MILE FLAT, OBSTACLE-FREE COURSE.


ROLLING PARTS, SUCH AS WHEELS, OR OTHER DEVICES, MAKING CONTACT WITH THE GROUND MUST BE INTEGRAL TO THE ARTISTIC WORK.


ARTIST MAY DETERMINE WHETHER SPEED IS IMPORTANT TO THEM. SOME OF THE BEST WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF SCULPTURE RACING ALWAYS ARRIVE LAST.  ARTIST SHOULD CONSIDER THE Aesthetic OF THE ANTI-VEHICLE.  ALL ARTIST WILL BE HONORED. PERFORMANCES AND ARTWORK/EVENT WILL GENERATE LIFE, CREATIVE SOUND ARE ENCOURAGED.


Race Route

Racers will begin on Winter Street, turn left on Park, right on Tillson, right on Weeks, right on Commercial and end back on Winter street.  Racers will exhibit their sculptures in the CMCA courtyard and dowling walsh parking lot, after the race, from 10-12pm.















HOW TO ENTER

INDIVIDUALS, TEAMS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT A DESIGN/SKETCH/PROPOSAL BY JUNE 1 TO  INFO@ROCKLANDSCULPTURERACE.ORG.  


INCLUDE:  

  • NAME, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS OF TEAM LEADER (AND AGE IF UNDER 18)

  • OTHER TEAM MEMBERS NAMES (AND AGES IF UNDER 18)

  • THE TITLE OF YOUR CREATION/CONTRAPTION​

  • ONE PARAGRAPH DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY,  IN PDF FORMAT, DESCRIBING WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE USED AND HOW IT WILL BE HUMAN POWERED

  • A DRAWING OR PHOTOGRAPH OF PROPOSED ENTRY IN JPEG OR PDF FORMAT


ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFELY AND ENTRY DURING THE RACE.  

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWED BY JURORS AND APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY JUNE 30TH.  


The First Manifesto of Sculpture Racing 

(from the founding World Sculpture Racing Society's First Manifesto in 1982)

  • SCULPTURE RACING is kinetic art in which both artwork and mover are perceived as one; sculpture races are dynamic groupings of art objects and personalities

  • SCULPTURE RACING exists in the zone between high art and mass culture; it is moveable art that may appear anywhere, not necessarily where one expects it

  • SCULPTURE RACING takes art out of the galleries and museums and into the streets

  • SCULPTURE RACING blends art with the ambience of the popular festival, making it more accessible to the general public

  • SCULPTURE RACING brings artists out of the isolation of the studio and into public: it brings the public into contact with artist-as-personalities in an atmosphere that is relaxed and open, allowing an easy give-and-take

  • SCULPTURE RACING offers artists relief from the uncertainties of subjective criticism and art historical evaluation by giving them the clear-cut winner, loser, first, second, third place ranking enjoyed by athletes

  • SCULPTURE RACING embraces the competitiveness of the modern art world that compels artists to throw themselves into promotion, mass marketing and popular appeals

  • SCULPTURE RACING is the focus of a protest against the new political conservatism with its accompanying cuts in social programs and funding for the arts, the results of which have engaged artists in all media in a desperate race for survival

  • SCULPTURE RACING is an art of social-aesthetic dialectics

  • Ultimately the “Art of Sculpture Racing” per se will not reside in individual art objects—not even in individual sculpture races