Melvin

Just got off the phone with Keith and Tappy Nelson of “Melvin.” Sometimes this labor of love is really fun. Listening to their stories was great. To celebrate, here are a few “Melvins” from over the years (Tracy Norman Rempe photos). Which “Melvin” was your favorite?

Junk Race 1975

In 1975, Stan Bennett and Larry Eifert cooked up the idea of closing off  Main Street, in Ferndale, on a Sunday (because they knew the local law enforcement would have the day off) to hold a “Junk Race.” The idea was simple: get all their kinetic sculpture friends to dump giant piles of building materials onto the…

Hobart’s People Powered Bus

In 1987, Calistoga water hired the artist Duane Flatmo to paint a mural for their offices. While he was painting, he talked about the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and urged the Calistoga folks to attend, and see for themselves what a crazy event it had become. His enthusiasm for the race was contagious, and before long, Calistoga was…