We recently had the opportunity to participate in the sixth annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) which took place this year on Saturday the 19th of May. The KKSD is part of the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and is described on their website as:
A design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats, started as an Economic Initiative of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation to compliment the East Kensington Neighbors Association’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.We were thrilled to partner with NextFab on our team: Greg Hart, Adam Waraksa, Ben Cromie, Dan Sullivan, Sam Garst (power), Olive Garst (driver), Porter Garst (crew), Charlie Oropallo, Itsuki Ogihara, Erin Fox and the Collaborative’s own Robin Kohles. Together we overcame many hurdles and welded three bikes together to make a glorious three wheeled Chariot of Fire!
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.
Check out this video from the event- we are featured about 40 seconds in: