Now’s the time to build an ‘art cart’

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Mr. Boh made an appearance at last year’s Art Cart Derby. - Photo by Matthew Saindon

Those hay bales are there for a reason. - Photo by Erik Zygmont

It’s time to start thinking about the “sheer terror that is Gough St.”

That’s how Delegate Luke Clippinger (46th) described the Art Cart Derby course last year.

In the Art Cart Derby, slated this year for Sept. 31, participants ride homemade, gravity-powered “art carts” down the Gough St. hill in Highlandtown, near the Laughing Pint, which be displaying “Art by the Pint” as part of the event. The Art Cart Derby, led by Communities For All Ages, is meant to encourage interaction between younger and older residents.

It seems to be working.

Local photographer Matthew Saindon says that at Art Cart building events, an old-timer inevitably wanders by and asks what’s going on. When filled in on the gravity-powered carts, the response is always a version of: “That’s what we used to do in our spare time when I was young.”

Those were days before the Internet, and before widespread television in some cases.

At least today’s Art Cart builders won’t have to scrounge materials from abandoned shopping carts or search for construction-site castoffs. The Loading Dock, a nonprofit building materials re-use center located at 2 N. Kresson St., is holding four free building workshops, all on Saturdays, on Aug. 3., Aug. 17, Aug. 24, and Sept. 7, noon-3 p.m. Chassis materials are provided; participants also receive a $25 credit for additional materials from The Loading Dock.

“People can come in, and we’ll be on hand to assist with questions and things like that,” said Saindon.

“We’re really excited to be a part of this, and to encourage people to think outside the box with regard to building materials,” said Katie Garber of The Loading Dock.

To participate in the free workshops, RSVP with Garber at, or call 410-558-3625.

by Erik Zygmont

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