Categorized | Kinetics

New Home For Kinetic Sculpture Race

Kinetic non-profit, Hobart art join forces in Downtown Eureka

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

An early holiday gift is on the offing for Kinetic Sculpture racers and fans alike.

Due to the generosity of Dan and Jayne Ollivier, owners of the historic Gross Building, and of many other generous supporters, the Kinetic Sculpture Race Museum has been re-established in Humboldt County.

Located at the corner of Fifth Street and F Street in Downtown Eureka, the museum is to be run as part Kinetic hub, part gallery and part contemporary art studio cooperative. The resurrected non-profit running the Kinetic Sculpture Race, the Humboldt Kinetic Association, will jointly operate the space with Hobart Art And Kinetics, the brainchild of Justin Hobart Brown, the heir of Hobart Galleries and the present owner of the race.

'Pentacycle' by Hobart Brown.

'Pentacycle' by Hobart Brown.

The original Hobart Galleries, located in Ferndale for the first few decades of race history and featuring the world-famous artwork of Kinetic Sculpture Race founder Hobart Brown, was shut down after the passing “Glorious Founder” and an ensuing battle over ownership of the gallery and its contents. Some of these pieces were preserved by Brown’s son, and among these was the “Pentacycle,” an original Kinetic Sculpture by his father which graces the front display window of the museum as of Saturday.

Although more pieces from the 43 years of Kinetic Sculpture Race history will be installed in the coming days, the formal grand opening is scheduled for just after the new year on January 7, 2012 and will include live music and dancing. HKA will be accepting memberships at that time, and also intends to offer retail space for local artists and craters to sell handmade creations.

Brown put out the call in a press statement for current and former kinetic racers, volunteers and enthusiasts to loan or donate race items such as props, costumes, bribes, trophies and the various historic kinetic sculptures hidden away in barns, garages and sheds around Humboldt County.

“The Kinetic Sculpture Race Museum asks the community to embrace Hobart’s vision and help create a dynamic hub for not only Kinetics but also all things fun and funny,” Brown stated. “Upcoming plans include hands-on workshops, themed art competitions, fundraising events, lectures and any other creative, inclusive ideas we can dream up!”

Volunteers to help with the construction of the museum, gallery and artist studio spaces are also in demand, as are basic items such as cabinets, shelving and workbenches. For more information, contact Brown at justinhobartbrown@msn.com or call the HKA at (707) 443-8261.

5 Responses to “New Home For Kinetic Sculpture Race”

  1. Randall Frost, former curator Ferndale Kinetic Museum says:

    Great news, though a little clarification may be in order. Saying that “the Kinetic Sculpture Race Museum has been re-established in Humboldt County” may give one the impression that it had been lost at some point. On the contrary, the museum has been and is still in it’s original Ferndale home. Yes, “race” has been dropped from the name, the interior has been updated and the number of machines has decreased by about 25%, but it’s still the home of Kinetic Madness that it always was.

    In the end this is all good news. The Ferndale Museum has no extra storage facility, so many wonderful sculptures have been turned away over the years. Now, with another museum in Humboldt County people will have even more opportunity to see all the amazing works associated with this incredible event, not to mention the art work of the “Glorious Founder”, Hobart Brown.
    R.J. Frost
    Former Curator, Ferndale Kinetic Sculpture Museum

  2. Melissa says:

    Am hoping to return to Humboldt County in the spring to watch the event… I haven’t been in 10 years. We live out of state and I’ve been surfing the internet trying to find information. Unfortunatly this has led to confusion. Will there be a race Memorial Weekend in 2015, same general route, etc. And while we’re there we’d love to visit both the Ferndale Gallery and the “new”, secondary (?) kinetic museum but have read that it is closed.

    So, where/who do I contact to get information about both the upcoming races as well as information about the museum?

    Humboldt Native,

    Melissa

    • skippy says:

      Melissa, the 2015 race could be a touch-and-go affair until the details and politics are resolved. Perhaps they already have been.

      I’d suggest contacting Head Rutabaga Queen Katie Texas and ask her. You can reach her at:

      Kati Texas
      Queen President
      kineticgc@gmail.com
      (707) 786-3443

      Good luck and best wishes to you and yours, Melissa. 10 years is a long time! Should you come, we trust Humboldt will greet you well under warm sunny skies and with good spirits.

      We usually do!

      ~Skippy

Trackbacks/Pingbacks


Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • People Republicans don't like
    Over the past few years, we have accumulated a list of groups of people that leading GOP figures have criticized.  Basically, if you're not a white male conservative, they don't like you. 9/11 responders AARP Americorps Bicyclists and bikes Black men Census Children with pre-existing health conditions College graduates College students Consumers Co […]
  • Furthermore. . .
    “The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a libel lawsuit filed over an email that referred to a Seward home inspector as a ‘total idiot.'”How to leak to the Intercept The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-17 […]
  • Madison to fund $5 million in co-op development
    Portside - It started with a conversation.Kevin Gundlach, president of the South Central Federation of Labor in Madison, WI, had heard about Spain’s Mondragon cooperative complex and their union cooperatives in the U.S. He researched how labor could support cooperative development in this country. During his research, Gundlach read about the city of New York […]
  • More mysterious banker deaths
    Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge -  Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th [Dutch] ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen  - the head of ABN's corporate finance and capital markets -"startled" fri […]
  • The sorry state of retirement
    Pensions & investments - More than half of all American households do not have enough put away for retirement, and the problem is getting worse, said new research from the Center for American Progress.Along with tracking what people are putting away for retirement, the researchers looked at dozens of studies by government, academic and private-sector org […]
  • The role of oil in foreign interventions
    Washington's Blog -The Independent reports that a new study conducted in the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex, and published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, finds that “hydrocarbons play an even bigger role in conflicts” than “conspiracy theorists” ever imagined.…foreign intervention in a civil war is 100 times more likely when the a […]
  • CIA regularly leaks stories to media, the diference was the Sterling's was true
    Global Research -  A former CIA employee, Jeffrey Sterling, was convicted of giving classified information to a New York Times reporter. The leak concerned an effort by the CIA to sabotage plans for an Iranian nuclear reactor.“The disclosures placed lives at risk,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “And they constituted an egregious breach of the public tru […]
  • The rocket docket that convicted Jeffrey Sterling
    Norman Solomon, Huffington Post, Jan 15 -  When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia [home of the CIA], prospective jurors made routine references to "three-letter agencies" and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances. In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and […]
  • Canada spying on millions of downoads
    Intercept - Canada’s leading surveillance agency is monitoring millions of Internet users’ downloading habits in a dragnet search to identify extremists, according to top-secret documents.The covert operation, revealed by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, taps into Internet cables and analyzes records of up to 15 million downloads daily from more […]
  • War on drugs links
    Drug news Marijuana news Statistics Pot quotes and facts The story the media won't touch Before the drug war Why do we have a drug war, anyway? The contras and cocaine The CIA: Perhaps our biggest drug dealer Groups Drug Policy Alliance National Drug Strategy Alliance NORML Students for a Sensible Drug Policy […]
  • Word
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. - EB White […]
  • Backing off of hate
    From our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2006 - When a situation such as the one created by the anti-Muslims cartoons and their reaction, the tendency for all parties is to seek ever higher ground of self-righteousness – all the time exacerbating the situation. The fact is that the biggest danger to the world at the moment comes from the conflicting certaint […]
  • Jazz break
     Nat King Cole & Johnny Mercer sing "Save the Bones for Henry Jones" […]
  • Furthemore. . .
     FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited@Harpers  Number of homeless people in Tokyo for every 10,000 residents: 1 ... In New York City: 67 @ShaunKing  Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2014 shot & killed more people than the United Kingdom, South Korea, Sweden, and Denmark combinedFourrth major pipeline explodes this month […]
  • Great thoughts of Prince Phillip
    Via the Independent On a 2002 visit to Australia, he asked a group of aborigines: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”Talking to a Scottish driving instructor: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”To a British student in China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll go home with slitty eyes.”On travellin […]