2015 Kinetic Sculpture Derby [photos]

    The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is an annual neighborhood parade showcasing elaborate, moving art on human-powered machines. It coincides with the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival featuring Philadelphia artists and vendors.

    The madcap derby of homemade, human-powered vehicles tour the cobblestone streets of the neighborhood and end — literally — in a mudbath.  For the first time, the derby has the backing of a bank: the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union will be the title sponsor for the next three years.

    The director of the NKCDC, Sandy Salzman, says the Credit Union protects the derby’s future, freeing up what limited funds Salzman has for more urgent community projects. Salzman said bringing on PFCU will not change the experience for riders or spectators.


    The derby  was live-streamed with commentary for the first time in 2015. For more info visit

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