Creative Sonoma

Three Feet Of Air

Three Feet Of Air



Three Feet Of Air Productions


Dawn Thomas (

Bob VanDeWalle (

(707) 245-4735

Basic Info: We design and build interactive art installations and human-powered vehicles for racing and exhibition events in (mostly) Northern California. We strive to use recycled and re-purposed materials in all of our builds.

Recent Projects:

  • Tiny Gallery/Art Exchange Funded in part with a Creative Sonoma Pop-Up Grant, these small kiosks create a new way for artists to present and share their work at an intimate, neighborhood-scale.
  • Aluminum Boat Ramp at Amphibious Bike Race at Pedalfest. Sponsored by Bike East Bay and John Muir Health, we organized the amphibious race and fabricated a portable aluminum and plywood ramp for the event, including painting their logos on the surface. July, 2018
  • Kinetic Kompendium: 50 Years Of Kinetic Sculpture Racing book, published in January 2018. 600 page, full-color book documenting the history of the race, pilots and sculptures. Ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to print the first edition.
  • 4-person amphibious quadricycle kinetic sculpture. Built a pivoting, 2-part kinetic sculpture from the ground up, including fiberglassing a built-in flotation hull.

In The Media:

Event and Race Awards:

CalTrans wins 1st Place Engineering award at the Kinetic Grand Championship in Arcata, 2018
“Jankosaurus” the Amphibious Trike wins “Never Give Up” and “Best Pit Crew” at the 2014 Kinetic Grand Championship in Arcata.
The Whittaker Paddlewheel wins “Best Engineered” at Rivertown Revival, 2013
“Artistic yet Odd” awarded to the Red Couch Paddlewheel at Rivertown Revival, 2013
Red Couch Handcar wins 2nd Place at the Wunderkammer Sonoma County Handcar Races, 2013
Red Couch Hancar wins 3rd Place at the Willits Kinetic Carnivale, 2013
Red Couch Paddlewheel wins “All the numbers” prize, Camp Tipsy, 2012
Red Couch Paddlewheel wins 4th place at Rivertown Revival, 2012


“Stormageddon” video in which the Amphibious Trike joins Kayaks and Wakeboarders in the Healdsburg Safeway parking lot, during flooding.

2014 Pedal-Powered Rail Vehicle Trip along abandoned rail tracks in Northern California. –

Article in Make Magazine’s online blog about our Amphibious Trike

Our Trike goes to Camp Tipsy 2014 –

Our current Kickstarter promotional video for our Sociable Tandem Prototype Trike. –

The Whittaker Paddlewheel Instructable –

The $100 Sailboat –



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