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Metal-sculpture parade ready to roll

Virginia Wark glues CDs to Whirly-Giggles, her art-bike entry for the Patio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.
Virginia Wark glues CDs to Whirly-Giggles, her art-bike entry for the Patio Kinetic Sculpture Parade.

Come Saturday, creative Keys folks will come together to applaud a Key Largo metal artist while showcasing their recycled creations during the inaugural Stanley Papio Kinetic Parade in Key West.

It's a family-friendly, art-inspired, human-powered, mobile sculpture and art-bike parade.

The late Stanley Papio, originally, a welder, transformed a collection of metal piled high in his yard into sculpted works, many of them comical and caustic commentary on neighbors and naysayers who wanted him to abide by zoning laws.

While none of Papio's sculptures were made to be mobile, the parade is a nod to his legacy and collection of work and a wink to the outsider spirit in us all.

The one-hour parade, presented by the Key West Art & Historical Society and produced by WonderDog Studios Creative Director Marky Pierson, will start moving at noon Saturday from its starting location at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front St., and wind down Duval Street to land at the Southernmost Beach Cafe, 1405 Duval, for awards, drinks, food and more.

 Participants and spectators alike are invited to embrace the zany and diverse culture found here in the Florida Keys by expressing themselves as they best see fit.

More than a dozen human-powered sculpture floats are expected to be in the parade, followed by hundreds of art bikes. Entrants can register by Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at a pre-parade pop-up party, which features a free performance by Patrick and the Swayzees and a cash bar in front of the Custom House Museum.

While kinetic sculpture floats generally require some and an investment of time to make all the parts move, art bikes are an easy entry for anyone looking to join in the fun.

"If you have an idea and some recycled materials you can have an art bike,"  Pierson says.

Surrounding the parade is a lecture about Papio presented by historian Sharon Wells at the Custom House on Friday at 4 p.m. and the opening of "Junkyard Rebel: Stanley Papio," a permanent exhibit at the Fort East Martello, 3501 S. Roosvelt Blvd., on Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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