Graand Kinetic Challenge teams are out to prove that their sculpture is the best--best in art, best in engineering, best in speed, best in pageantry, and best all around!
Since 1993, the Graand Kinetic Challenge has been the premier event of the da Vinci Days festival of Art Science and Technology that is held on the 3rd weekend of July in Corvallis, Oregon. Originally hosted on the Oregon State University Campus (with out of town teams staying at the Fairgrounds), the event is now hosted entirely at the Fairgrounds.
Their biggest test is the race itself and what a course it is! Racers must ride over 20 miles of city streets, over a man-made sand dune, through 200 feet of deep, thick, sticky mud, and down 1.6 miles of the Willamette River.
All of this under pedal power with no help from their friends (or spectators)!
WHAT IS A
Kinetic sculptures are moving works of art, pedaled by human power over a rigorous, all-terrain course by teams of fun-loving racers. These engineering marvels move in all kinds of ingenious ways, sculpted into all sorts of fantastic shapes--sea anemone, school bus, flying pink elephant, slice of cheese, yellow submarine--everything imaginable! And the racers and their pit crews are part of the art, decked out in costume and trying to out-compete each other in the entertaining show they put on for the spectators!