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 Northern California.

Recent Projects:

  • Robert van de Walle, in collaboration with Peter Perez, funded by a grant from the Awesome Foundation, created an Alebrijes Bike for the Dia De Los Muertos event at the Sonoma County Museum and the Windsor Muertos event at the Town Green.
  • 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. 

Career Highlights:

  • Grand Champion for Wheels of Dharma, Paddlefest, Oakland, CA 2019
  • Grand Champion for Wheels of Dharma, Obtainium Cup, Vallejo, 2019
  • 1st Place Art, 1st Place Engineering, 2nd Place Speed for Wheels of Dharma, daVinci Days, Corvallis OR, 2019
  • 2nd Place Engineering, 2nd Place Speed, 2nd Place Art, Paranormal Trophy for Wheels of Dharma, Kinetic Grand Championship, Eureka, CA 2019
  • 1st Place Engineering for CalTransKinetic Grand Championship, Eureka, CA 2018
  • Best Costume Design, Cotatitarod, Cotati, CA 2018
  • Grand Champion for Pineapple Trike, Obtainium Cup, Vallejo, CA 2016
  • 1st place speed for the Pineapple Handcar, Willits Kinetic Carnivale, Willits, CA 2015
  • Best Engineering for the Whittaker Paddlewheel, Rivertown Revival, Petaluma, CA 2014
  • July, 2013, Our Red Couch paddle wheel is pictured on the event website to promote Healdsburg’s Water Carnivale.
  • August, 2013, Red Couch Handcar is currently shown, racing in the Wunderkammer Handcar Races in a 15-second advertisement, being used to promote the city of Santa Rosa as a destination for wine and beer aficionados.

  • Summer 2013,  featured in local papers many times, won prizes at most of the events we attend, and have run successful Kickstarter and IndieGoGo fundraisers to build our pieces.

  • Engineering prize for the Whittaker design on, 2013

Sponsors/Donors: The Awesome Foundation, Lagunitas Beer, John Muir Health

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