Kinetic Pilots + Derby Enthusiasts Wanted!

Registration is Open for the 8th Annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby!
Classes on Participating | April 12, 2014
Derby | noon on May 17, 2014

If you're thinking about participating in this year's Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) and you don't know where to start - consider taking tomorrow's workshops. Join John at Frank's Kitchen in Kensington, on April 12th, from 1-2pm, for How to Build a Kinetic Sculpture 2; an informative look at designing a kinetic sculpture from one of Philadelphia's originators of this art form!  This class will cover basics including how to assemble a frame from torn apart bicycle frames, wheel considerations, durability considerations, steering systems, and more. RSVP here. (Part 2 of a 2 part course.  You may attend even if you didn't attend part 1. $5 per day - but no one will be turned away.)

A second class runs on the 12th from 3-5pm at the Resource Exchange on How to Make Great Costumes and Art for KKSD. Join past winners of the Best Costume and Best Art Awards, as well as other folks with awesome costume making experience for a free panel discussion where you can ask questions and discuss ideas for concepts for costumes with the pros for free.  Refreshments will be provided by Philadelphia Brewing Co and Commonwealth Cider! Free, RSVP here.

What's the KKSD?

If you don't know by now, The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, is a local design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats, was started in 2007 as an Economic Development Initiative of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) to compliment the East Kensington Neighbors Association's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.  NKCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the East Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Their mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building.

The KKSD is not a race, but rather a design competition and parade celebrating human powered transit and art in Kensington. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People's Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award. People get to vote for their favorite entry at the event, so come to the fest and VOTE!

What's a Kinetic Sculpture?

A Kinetic Sculpture is a human-powered vehicle that also has an artistic theme. Think of parade floats on bicycles, or mummers on hand crank driven pirate ships, or an alien space ship on 2 welded together bikes, it's zombie amish folks, it's a bar and bar stools on a bike, it's anything you can dream up. A Kinetic Sculpture Competition is all about fun and ingenuity, making the wackiest, most interesting contraption is the goal- finishing the course or winning is not.  Kinetic Sculpture Competitions have been taking place all over the world since 1969 when a California artist named Hobart Brown made some artistic improvements to his son's tricycle.

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