The joint St. Paul’s/SPSG Kinetic Sculpture Race team won, for the second year in a row, the Art Award at the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship in Baltimore.
Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand.
The eight-hour race covered 14 miles, mostly on pavement, but also included a trip into the Chesapeake Bay at Canton and through mud and sand at Patterson Park. King Baltutmore was built on the chassis of Fire (2014 Engineering Award winner) and Rainbow Fish (2015 Art Award winner).
The American Visionary Art Museum’s Art Award was won with engineering design and historical accuracy, built with 3D computer designs, creative use of image projection, laser cutting, machining, pulleys, microprocessor control, and electronic design. This year’s vehicle honored Egyptian Mythology with a visually stimulating model of King Tut’s sarcophagus that opened and closed accompanied by special effects including sound, smoke and lights. We are again extremely grateful to 21st Century Group engineering for their sponsorship and mentorship, which included hundreds of volunteer hours, thousands of dollars, and invaluable training in how to think, work, and act like an engineer. Museum officials have requested that the entry stay on display at the museum over the next year.