Rockland Sculpture Race, through the raindrops

By Dagney C. Ernest | Aug 12, 2017
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Josiah Glover of W.J. Glover Design and his team hit the final stretch of the Rockland Sculpture Race.

Rockland — Despite a gentle rain, the first-ever Rockland Sculpture Race took place Saturday morning, Aug. 12, just down the road from, and sponsored by, the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show. Contestants ranged from school children to a 98-year-old immigrant from Australia (with her 1-year-old American great-grandchild); and the racing sculptures included pull-along floats, wheelchair conveyances and a primarily ab-driven entry.

When organizer and city artist Kim Bernard waved the starting flag, the sculptures took off from the corner of Winter Street and Park Drive for the under-a-mile course. Some clearly took the term “race” to heart, although in the end, the last to cross the finish line was given the Speed award. That was a Harvard-engineered contraption that has already done some serious sculpture racing.

An entry by local engineer, welder and sculptor Josiah Glover, took its inspiration from “Mad Max,” but had a wheel malfunction from the very start. It came in ahead of Harvard’s square-wheeled boat, which took about 30 minutes to complete the course.

All the sculpture contestants — and one that didn’t compete — converged afterwards in the shed space across from the Center for Maine Contemporary Art for public display and appreciation under cover. CMCA’s Susan McAvoy and the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Michael Komanecky handed out construction paper awards, a number of which were ties, for Spectacle, Ingenuity, Craftsmanship, Creativity, Wildness, Sound Sculpture and Speed.

“This is the first year, and they’re all so wonderful,” said McAvoy. “Everybody gets an award!

Rockland Sculpture Race contenders line up on Winter Street Aug. 12. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Teams line up for the Rockland Sculpture Race. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Two of the more highly engineered entries run into trouble from the start. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The "Happy Campers" of Camden-Rockport Middle School race for the finish. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
It's a "Tsunami," in the rain (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Four generations sprint for the finish. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
As one team hits the final leg, another makes its way up Tillson Avenue. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
A sculpture racer keeps his eye on course.
All the sculptures, their teams and fans gather after the race.
One entry never made it to the course Aug. 12. "It just wouldn't walk," said its inventor.
Celebrating the inventiveness of the Rockland Sculpture Race participants are, from left, CMCA's Suzette McAvoy, the Farnsworth's Michael Komanecky and race organizer Kim Bernard.
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