Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD)

Saturday May 19, 2012 - 12 to 5 p.m.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD)

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD), a 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.  For more information about business, events, and the arts along Frankford Avenue and in the rest of the 19125 zip code visit  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.

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.

Sponsored by New Kensington Community Development Corporation


  • The Derby area is at Trenton and Norris Streets in the Kensington Neighborhood of Philadelphia.
  • Philadelphia, PA

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