Bike House At The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

June 18, 2012 by JJ in Biking with 2 Comments


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In it’s sixth year, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby rolled through¬†Philadelphia’s Fishtown and Kensington suburbs with a bang. The human-powered vehicles, ridden by their creators, ranged from funky and furry to phenomenal beer-time-engineering.

The parade toured through the neighborhoods and finished with a challenging spin through a grand finale mud pit. Few sculptures made it through the thick, muddy, final stretch of doom but, that may have been the point. Most crashed, crumbled and toiled to their humorous demise.

Coming out on top, a peddlers creation named, “The Doghouse.” This derby buggy may look like a haphazard leanto, but under it’s wonky shell, lies a unique, hand made and human powered vehicle. So top notch that the bike’s captains, Courtney Blue and Mat Shiley took home the “Best Engineering” award for the 2012 derby.

Spotted by Cheddar Yeti Travels at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Trenton Ave Art Festival

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  1. Derrick McnewJune 22, 2012 at 5:51 pmReply

    Hey there! That home-made hobo house was mouse-made by me. You got the right team, but this entry was the sole creation of me and my wonderfully patient ladypal, Rebecca Armstrong. As this project grows it will become a traveling, rickety storytelling device for eyes AND ears. Look for us on random first fridays in the distant future.

    I also want to shamelessly congratulate our team (OMG GMO!!!) for taking home prizes three years in a row! (Last year for best art on the OMG GMO Mutant and the year before for best costumes.)

    • JJJune 25, 2012 at 11:15 amReplyAuthor

      Hello Derrick!
      I’m glad you stopped by and left some additional details! I’m sure everyone at First Friday’s will enjoy the addition of the storytelling ‘device’ atop your home-made hobo house as much as we enjoy your awesome engineering.
      Congratulations on all of your creative accomplishments.

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