Call for Artists for the Key West Art & Historical Society Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade

Virginia Wark of Key West took the ‘Pedal Pusher Award’ for best overall Art Bike in last year’s Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade with her entry ‘Music to My Eyes,’ claiming a trophy and a cash prize. Presented by Key West Art & Historical Society and co-produced by Wonderdog Studios, the annual rolling cavalcade is held in honor of the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio, a rebellious welder-turned-artist who explored recycled materials long before it was hip to be rusty. Artists and teams are invited to register now for this year’s parade.

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

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 Tuesday, May 1 for kinetic sculpture floats and May 4 for art bike entries (limited to first 100 registrants).

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, a full weekend of kinetic revelry kicks off on May 4 and runs through May 6, with the parade itself launching from the Custom House Museum, Saturday, May 5 at 5:00pm, followed by a post-parade party and concert, complete with cash awards for the best kinetic sculpture floats and art bikes.

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is sponsored Supported in part by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The Helmerich Trust, and the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. 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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