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Rockland Sculpture Race: art, fun and run

By Dagney C. Ernest | Aug 11, 2018
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest The Martin family heads into the final stretch of the Rockland Sculpture Race. The parents and four sons team created “Flotsam & Jetsam” primarily from things found on the shores of Vinalhaven, where they are staying with relatives before moving to England. They won The Crowd Loves You award.

Rockland — The second annual Rockland Sculpture Race took place mid-afternoon Saturday, Aug. 11, in the midst of, and sponsored in great part by, the Maine Boat & Home Show. The race was a few blocks north of the show grounds, starting and finishing at the corner of Winter Street and Park Drive.

Organized by city artist and sculpture race veteran Kim Bernard, the event mixed art, ingenuity, whimsy and community cheer as families, friends and artists pushed, pulled and/or pedaled their creations around the less-than-a-mile course.

This year’s judges — CMCA Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown, Portland Press Herald arts writer Bob Keyes and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Editor Polly Saltonstall — conferred awards for Speed, Yute (i.e., Youth), Most Spectacular Failure, Most Outlandish, Craziest Costumes and The Crowd Loves You, as well as two Honorable Mentions to recognize labor-intensive artist-made entries.

The awards were made quickly as raindrops threatened, but the weather held back (last year’s inaugural race took place in rain) enough for the awards ceremony, refreshments and a short concert by the Blue Hill Brass. Bernard announced that the race would be back in 2019.

The sculpture teams line up Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, shortly before race time. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Race organizer Kim Bernard confers with Christos Calivas of Rockland who, with his granddaughter Iris, came up with “Tortoise and the Hare.” The entry won the Craziest Costume award. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Artist Abbie Read of Appleton steadies the “Hotel à Insectes” pulled by husband Bart as race organizer Kim Bernard explains the race route. The pro-pollinator sculpture demonstrates a variety of nesting options some 20,000 pollinators would enjoy, Abbie said. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Mason Thomas of Camden and Harry Hunt of Rockland steady their “Plastic Sea Monster,” which has scales of milk bottles and is weighted, somewhat precariously, as it turned out, by a diver’s belt. The boys won the coveted Most Spectacular Failure award. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
“Recycle Built for Two” makes its way around the sculpture race course. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
“Shark,” created by students at Rockland’s South School, won the Yute award. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Young and swift Brian Bland heads to the finish line ahead of the other sculptures. “Explore France” won the Speed award. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Karen Colburn and son Tom demonstrate the animal food chain with their “Dinosaur” entry. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The “Biddeford Mastaba” entry is made entirely from woven plastic bags. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
“Horse and Cart,” pulled by Jeff Oehlert of Rockland in gladiator mode, arrives at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art courtyard. The entry won the Most Outlandish award. (Photo by: William C. Eberle)
Sculpture race judges applaud organizer and artist Kim Bernard; standing from left are CMCA Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown, Portland Press Herald's Bob Keyes, Bernard and Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors' Polly Saltonstall. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Blue Hill Brass provides a post-race soundtrack, having strolled over from the Maine Boat & Home Show. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
After the Rockland Sculpture Race, sculptures, racers and fans converge for refreshments and congratulations in the CMCA courtyard. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
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