Calling all creators, builders and assemblers—are you a geek engineer or creative genius who likes to tinker with wheels, old bikes, gears and pulleys, nuts and bolts? Do you like costumes and love to make a spectacle of yourself parading down Duval Street in the company of others of like mind? If this sounds like you, sign up now to participate in the inaugural Key West Art & Historical Society Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade, set for May 13-15, 2016.
Kicking off in front of the Custom House Museum and winding its way down Duval Street, it’s a fantastical, family-friendly cavalcade of totally human-powered works of art, 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.
Small and simple or elegantly engineered, young or old, teams of 1-100 are welcome to enter. Categories are Kinetic Sculpture Floats and Art Bikes. Cash prizes, Gift Packages, and Outrageous & Wacky trophies will be awarded for art bikes and kinetic float entries. 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.
Registration for parade entrants is $25 for Kinetic Sculpture Floats and $15 for Art Bikes; deadline for registration is May 1st for Kinetic Sculpture Float entries and May 12th for Art Bike entries.
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. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.