Ayer Lofts gallery is proud to host
The Kinetic Sculpture Race…Gallery Event
Celebrating the third annual Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Opening Celebration September 6th 6-9PM
The Gallery Event will be up till September 22
Open Sat./Sun. 12-4pm
This year’s race will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
More info. www.lowellkinetic.com
The Gallery Event will give insights into its: machines, people, and purpose.
On the morning of September 22, teams will line up on one side of Market Street for spectators, officials and the random bystander to get a close look at the marvelous engineering prowess of the sculptures about to race. The start will be a Lemans style start (pilots will be across the street from their sculptures wait for the sound of the start then run to their sculptures, get in and start pedaling) and will make its way through the city to the mud pit then will continue on to the Lowell Heritage State Park and Beach to plunge into the waters of the Merrimack River. Once out of the water they will race back to the finish line on Market Street.
Kinetic Sculpture Race is an organization whose mission is to host and produce an annual kinetic sculpture race within the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Kinetic sculptures are all-terrain, human-powered, art sculptures made from repurposed materials and engineered to race over road, water, mud and sand.
LKSR2018 doesn’t end at the finish line! Immediately following the dramatic finish, ALL of the Kinetic Sculptures will travel directly to COBBLESTONES of Lowell where we will be hosting the Official LKSR Afterparty, Award Ceremony, and the NEW Gallery of the Machines! Grab an outdoor bite and a beverage from Wachusett Brewing Company while you mingle with the machines and teams, or step inside for COBBLESTONES’ full menu of incredible hand cut steaks, burgers, local seafood and dozens of locally crafted beers.
We have almost met our goal to be able to keep the LKSR free for all but we still need a bit more. So we are having our annual Silent Auction Fundraiser at UnchARTed this coming Saturday, June 30th, 4-8pm.
There are some great items on the block including the opportunity to be a pilot on ‘Lobster Roll’ at this year’s race. Lobster Roll is the sculpture created and used by LKSR veterans (Jay Hungate, Nick Anastasia, Jay Diengott, Carl Henderson and Michael Roundy) to participate in the 50th Kinetic Grand Championship, the original race!
Other items include gift baskets, artwork, and a whole lot more. Come on down to help support our craziness.
Race day video, the Rogers STEM Academy, City of Lights Parade shenanigans, and more!
THANKS TO YOU
On September 23rd, 2017, Lowell experienced the 2nd annual Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race. It was a glorious day filled with 14 crazy sculptures traversing the city’s streets, battling a mud pit, and navigating the Merrimack River while spreading smiles through-out. An estimated 5000 people enjoyed this free, family-friendly event that included the wild race, along with games for kids and families, live bands, food trucks, and a fantastic opening ceremony, all held at three different locations throughout the city. This STEAM-(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)-oriented event also provided both kids and adults the opportunity to see these amazingly engineered sculptures overcome several challenges within the race through design, perseverance, collaboration, and teamwork.
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Cheeseburger in Paradise,
created during an IDEA Camp by the STEM Academy at the Rogers School in Lowell, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Inconsteamable,
from somewhere in the woods of New Hampshire!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Quack Attack,
hailing from Chelmsford, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of UnKARTed,
from UnchARTed Gallery & Studios in Lowell, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Maker Power,
hailing from Lowell, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Pastryarchy,
hailing from Somerville, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Lowell Tide,
hailing from Lowell, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Ice Cream Floats,
by team Action Nerds of Dracut, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of The Black Jack,
piloted by The Skeleton Crew, hailing from Lowell, MA!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of RiverHawks! This team is made up of Art Student Union members, an art club at the University of Massachusetts- Lowell (UML)
and two alumnus of the Engineering Department at UML.
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of Mousetrap,
piloted by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of The Wurst, created in the lab
of the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland (just outside of Baltimore)!
Check out these shots from LKSR2017 of the Iconic Flying Fish,
by Jay Hungate of Western Ave Studios in Lowell!
Check out LKSR2017 Finish (and Course Shots) Photos here!