Get ready to roll! Come learn how to create an entry for the Community Sculpture Race, a 4/10 mile tour of wheeled arts and crafts on the loopy sidewalks around the soccer field at Danehy Park in Cambridge, followed by an 2-hour exhibition of everyone's projects. The race is on April 23rd, as a part of the Cambridge Science Festival, so it's time to get to work!
For anyone thinking about racing an artwork in this year's event Jeff Del Papa, chief engineer for People's Sculpture Racing, will get you off to a flying start. Learn how to construct what is normally considered a stationary art form using a minimum of tools and straightforward materials, make it able to move under your human power, complete with animated bits, and how to get it all to (hopefully) hang together until you cross the finish line.
This is an event for families (yes, bring the kids), teachers, scouting (or similar) groups and others looking for an interesting project, one that combines art with engineering, to occupy the upcoming school vacation week. The workshop is free with museum admission.
About the speaker: Jeff is a Maker, card carrying NERD, and a builder of strange things. He founded the first American team to appear on the engineering competition show "Junkyard Wars". He teaches at the Somerville kids makerspace "Parts and Crafts" (he also runs team building events for adults), is the current president of the New England Model Engineering Society, and Chief Engineer for People's Sculpture Racing.