Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch art come to life and take to the streets? In Key West, there is a special event in May that allows you to experience just that. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade makes its way towards Duval Street with everything from steampunk to deco art that is brought to life by artists from all over. When you stay with us in our historic Key West inn Key West FL’s Southernmost Inn, you will be able to discover the colors and creations of our city.
What Is The Papio Kinetic Parade?
The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is a marvelous display of intricate and interesting artworks that are powered by the people who created them. You can find Bright costumed people walking alongside tall dragons whose legs and head move with the pedaling of a man on a bike. Beginning at five in the afternoon, creators, artist, and performers alike take their magical concoctions of plastics, papers, and metals to move down the street and present their masterpieces to all who watch on.
Where all of this creative and innovative parade began is with one man, Stanley Papio. Finding beauty and opportunity in other people’s trash fueled Stanley’s welding business that he started on the island of Key Largo. He honed his skills by creating incredible sculptures and unique forms out of random appliances, cars, and just about anything left on his property. Though many wanted him to remove the “junk” from his property, he refused and continued his craft to become somewhat of a local and arts community celebrity. After gaining some popularity, his welding business morphed into a museum that has only since improved and grown and collectors even took some of his work around Europe to be viewed in the America Now exhibition with the US State Department.
Experience It All
To take in all that is the Kinetic Sculpture Parade and the art inspired by Stanley Papio, experience the true beauty of it by attending the parade and visiting the Fort East Martello Museum. You can find a comfortable stay with us at The Southernmost Inn, one of the historical Key West inns Key West FL. You can call us at (888) 525-0037 or visit our website to plan your stay and enjoy all of the exciting and inspiring kinetic works of Key West.