Fire Ant Kinetic sculpture at the 2012 Grand Kinetic Championship
Photo: Holly Yashi
The Kinetic Grand Championship
is a 3-Day race held in every Memorial Day Weekend. The race combines art with human powered vehicles over “water mud and sand”. The race is promoted as “The Triathlon of the Art World”. Contestants create kinetic art sculptures that must be powered through the challenging 42 mile course from Arcata to Ferndale, California.
The art is free form with a variety of themes, some of them biological. This year featured an insect-themed “Fire Ant”. Unlike a real fire ant, that has a stinger with venom on the end of its abdomen, the kinetic art merely shoots flames out the rear. The Kinetic Fire Ant can float and move through the water. Real fire ants have been observed to float by forming a mass of ants in the water. The ants on the bottom remain afloat by trapping bubbles of air.
The race looks like grand fun. Video below:
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