281 Front St
Key West, FL 33040
Frank Conlan, a self-professed tinkerer, and building contractor by trade, entered the Kinetic world on Roller skates as a Kinetic Cop. Inspired by Hobart Brown, the founder of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Frank made his foray into the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore, with a sculpture titled D-Vine – the Grape Stompers, a tribute to filmmaker John Waters. Over the past 15 years, Frank’s sculptures have won almost every award from the Mediocre Award to The Spirit of the Glorious Founder Award. Two awards that have eluded Frank, however, are the Worst Honorable Mention Award or the much sought after Next to the Last Award.
In his presentation, Frank will discuss the history of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, its association with the American Visionary Art Museum, and what it takes create a Kinetic Sculpture. He claims that the race is all about failures, it’s about theory versus reality, and it’s about testing half-baked ideas. Like many builders involved in kinetic races, Frank aspired to develop something out of the ordinary, but often his creations resulted in disaster. Join us for an evening of whimsy followed by a Champagne reception on the porch of the Custom House.
While this presentation will be offered to the public for FREE, preregistration is required as there is limited seating.
The project is sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.