Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race

Racers create human-powered vehicles to compete in the annual race.

Started in 1983, the Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race in Washington is an annual race of movable sculptures, or as the race organizers like to call them, “kinetically inspired dream machines.” The race, one of several held around the world, is the third oldest in the United States and is part of a long tradition of kinetic sculpture races.

Howe Art
Eastsound, Washington

The first race happened almost by accident. In 1969 Ferndale, California artist Hobart Brown decided to make a few adjustments to his son’s tricycle. The “fix” resulted in a brand new vehicle, a pentacycle, which Brown parked in front of his gallery. Another local artist, Jack Mays, spotted Brown’s work, decided to make his own moveable sculpture,…

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