Team Zombish’s (Zombie & Amish) kinetic bike sculpture that won 2009 People’s Choice Award at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby.
“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 togther 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.
The KKSD is not a race, but rather a design competition and parade celebrating human powered transit and art in Kensington. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award.
A collaborative effort with Joel Erland and Kate Kaman of HumanKind Design, Vincent Colvin & Lane Davis, the sculpture was constructed out of 7 bike frames. A double tandem, it comfortably sat five riders, four forward moving power sources and one puppeteer that controlled the horse’s flappable wings and galloping legs.