Image: Kinetic sculptures can be simple, spectacular, futuristic or whimsical, like this fanciful, human powered pot and flower photographed by Anthony Sheler (anthony@ashdr.com) at the 2012 Corvallis, Oregon da Vinci Days Graand Kinetic Challenge.

March 2, 2016—(Key West, FL). Key West Art & Historical Society Announces Inaugural Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade

Creators, builders, assemblers and aficionado’s of the wild and wacky won’t want to miss the Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, a fantastical, family-friendly cavalcade of totally human-powered works of art, set to roll through downtown Key West this May.

Created and presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society and inspired by and named for 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 Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is a three-day celebration of Art Bike and Kinetic Sculpture Float engineering.

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade kicks off with a pop-up party/registration event on the steps of the iconic Custom House Museum Friday, May 13th  from 5-8pm. At noon on the 14th, accompanied by a Grand Marshal and marching band, Kinetic Art Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes will begin to wind its way from the Custom House Museum to and down the island’s famed Duval Street, with award ceremonies taking place at the end of Duval Street following the parade. From 9:30am to 4:30 pm Sunday, May 15th, an exhibition of the parade’s offerings will be open to the public at Fort East Martello.

Artists, builders, and assemblers are invited to put their creativity and engineering genius to play in the creation of Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes.  Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, teams of 1-100 are welcome to enter. Four Monroe County schools have entered teams and a limited number of grants are available for schools wishing to participate.

Registration for parade entrants is $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Floats (deadline May 1) and $15 for Art Bikes (deadline May 12). Cash prizes, gift packages, and outrageous & wacky trophies will be awarded.

A kinetic workshop will be offered on Saturday, April 2nd, at Coast (6404 Front Street, Stock Island) from 9am -1pm.; some parts, tools, and engineering help will be available.

Supported in part by The Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge, The Helmerich Trust, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For registration information, event schedule, entry guidelines and pre-parade workshop information, visit www.papioskineticparade.com. For more information, contact Adele Williams, KWAHS Programs & Education Director at 305.295.6616 x 115.

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Photo Caption: Kinetic sculptures can be simple, spectacular, futuristic or whimsical, like this fanciful, human powered pot and flower photographed by Anthony Sheler at the 2012 Corvallis, Oregon da Vinci Days Graand Kinetic Challenge.  Anthony Sheler / ASHDR Photography – www.ashdr.com