Here’s a look back at one of the crazier art events Ian Shults and I put together for Blue Genie Art in Austin, Texas. The Danger Derby is a no-rules pinewood derby race featuring a 120′ track fraught with dangers the entrants must overcome – a firepit, blowtorches, swinging anvils and swablades. Continue reading
On Monday, April 27, the eighth and final session of the ArtistInc Live program was held before a full house in the AIA building in downtown Kansas City. There, 25 talented Kansas City artists from a wide variety of artforms and mediums gathered as a group one last time to deliver 5 minute Pecha Kucha speeches.
Despite the near freezing cold, the days and nights prior to the event were spent standing in puddles of icey water to set up the track, and the elements provided a gusty wind just to make sure everyone was properly chilled. Much like the celebration of the holiday in the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, all the weather and last minute improvements to the track couldn’t stop the fury of the 2nd Annual Blue Genie Danger Derby, and it went off without a hitch – topping the last year’s inaugural event.
In conjunction with the East Austin Studio Tour, and Blue Genie’s First Annual Invitational Art Show, the kind folks at Blue Genie are hosting the party of parties during EAST. Backed up by free drinks, sweet sounds from the BURGER CITY DJ, and the awesome artworks of over 30 awesome Austin artists in the Blue Genie shop, the Danger Derby allows you to build your own PINEWOOD DERBY car and race it in a NO RULES race along a 100′ long, 20′ tall track with a myriad of additional dangers added to the mix.