“Double-decked, winged, jumping and fire-breathing sleds hit the slopes of Powderhorn Park” on Sunday, promises the website of the Minneapolis Art Sled Rally. I discovered the Art Sled Rally by reading about it in a blog article by a neighbor in 2009. Last year I attended the 3rd Annual Art Sled Rally on January 30, 2010. The images here are of that 2010 event. I am looking forward to taking in the spectacle again this year.
There will be at least two free Art Sled Workshops at Powderhorn Park Community Center’s gym, on Saturdays, from 11am to 4pm, January 22 & 29. If you have one, bring a plastic or wooden sled to use as a base.
The sledding is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday January 30, 2011. More information (and inspiration) is available at the Art Sled Rally website. It is held in the Northwest corner of Powderhorn Park. A happy joyous assemblage of color and creativity should again gather to make a statement about winter, gravity and just about anything. Make your own kinetic art and challenge the elements!
At the top of hill at the very beginning.
The course is at the North-West corner of Powderhorn Park January 30, 2011, build your own float, come before 2 p.m and sign a wavier, get in line for a good time ride.
A sled of baguettes prepares for descent.
The sail was furrowed on what looks to be a milk carton boat. People familiar with our fair cities may know about the milk carton boat races held in the summer as part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial. It appears to be a dual purpose vehicle of mirth.
A family’s Daring Adventure is about begin; to streak down the hill piloting their silver ship; they are lined-up behind the Batsled.
Robin stands waiting at the Batsled before the dynamic duel challenges their strongest foe yet, Gravity.
Pigs with wings on toboggans, in line to fly down the course of the Art Sled Rally.
A minimalist behind, a coffin ahead, one foot in and one foot out, as you prepare for the inevitable.
A safety assist, the event is open and as controlled as art is able to be, but sufficient maturity ensues for safety.
A cartoon steam-punk time machine gears up to take on the hill. Steam was generated with water and ice (dry ice?).
Pac man and ghosts, and steam-punk sled, await their curtain call. And pac man trails get prepared.
The simple game rules.
Art Sled Rally rules are simple and easy to comply with, tall hats will help the youth sign up.
A photo essay I did for TC Daily Planet last year about this event.