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February 23, 2017 — (Key West, FL). Key West Art & Historical Society Puts Spin on Community Art with Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade—Participants Sought

The Key West Art & Historical Society invites artists, builders and assemblers to put their creative and engineering genius to play and on display for the Second Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade, set for May 5-7.

Small and simple or elegantly engineered, teams of any number and age are welcome to enter this pedaled or pushed sculpture parade. Registration is $25 for kinetic sculpture floats and $15 for art bikes, with registration fees waived for Society members. Cash prizes will be awarded for various categories. Registration deadline is Monday, May 1 for kinetic sculpture floats and May 6 for art bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants).

This event is open to anyone, regardless of age or artistic level, willing to create a sculpture or an art bike,” says KWAHS Executive Director Michael Gieda.  “The Papio Parade’s ultimate purpose is to offer a family-friendly event that reflects and promotes the artistic culture of the Florida Keys.”

Inspired by and named for the late Keys artist Stanley Papio, a humorous rebel metal-artist who explored the value of recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty, the full weekend of kinetic revelry is to kick off at the Custom House Museum on Friday, May 5 with a presentation on Stanley Papio and kinetic art from 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a reception on the porch. The parade itself launches at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 6, followed by a beach-party celebration at the Southernmost Beach from 1:00–3:00pm, complete with cash awards for the best kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes.

Events wrap up on Sunday, May 7, with a Papio Picnic and Kinetic Kids Day at Fort East Martello Museum from 11:30am-3:00pm, featuring a tour of the Papio Collection at noon, with family-friendly activities and food and libations for purchase.  Entrance to the museum that day will be free.

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of the Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. Additional support provided by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Historic Tours of America, Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina and Southernmost Beach Café. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit or call Adele Williams, 305.295.6616 x 115.   Your Museums.  Your Community.  It takes an Island.


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Gabriel Price, Alison Higgins, Jacqueline Luhta, Dee Dee Green, Kelly Perkins and friends pooled their creative genius to create their 2016 Papio Kinetic Parade Green Machine prize winner, “Awesoma, the Narwhal Queen” – a kinetic float sculpture made from a three-wheeled trike covered in a wide variety of reused and recycled items including plastic water bottles, music cd’s, soda and beer cans, mattress springs, satellite dishes, tulle fabric and wine corks. Artists and teams are invited to register now for this year’s parade, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society.