May 16, 2015 / 12 pm / Trenton Ave & Norris St Philadelphia, PA 19125
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What is the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival?
The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival consists of both a sculpture derby (previously called the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby) and arts festival (previously called the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival). Both events were established to draw residents and visitors into the burgeoning Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor and foster neighborhood revitalization. The kinetic sculpture derby is a design competition and parade of human powered vehicle floats striving for either Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown or the highly coveted Judge’s Choice Award. The arts festival on Trenton Avenue & Norris Street, consists of 200+ local arts and food truck vendors, along with live arts demonstrations and performances.
Where can I learn more about arts in the neighborhood?
For more information about business, events, and the arts along Frankford Avenue and in the rest of the 19125 zip code visit frankfordavearts.org. NKCDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the East Kensington, Fishtown, and Port Richmond neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Our mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building.
What is this KINETIC SCULPTURE you speak of?
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.