22 April 2023
Story: Kinetic Parade of Recycled Art Marks Earth Day in Key West
Locator Super: Key West, Fla.
Video: Video to match this story to be uploaded to FTP servers beginning about 5:35 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Video can also be downloaded from the Florida Keys News Bureau’s FTP server (see note below) or downloaded via Google Link here. B-roll of floats and art bikes in Papio Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade. SOTs with Cori Convertito, curator and historian for the Key West Art & Historical Society.
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Video Source: Florida Keys News Bureau

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Recycled art and people-powered mobile sculptures highlighted Earth Day in Key West, as the Papio (pronounced POPPY-OH) Kinetic Sculpture and Art Bike Parade rolled through the island’s historic downtown.

Saturday’s procession featured 21 sculptural floats with moving parts, decorated bicycles and other quirky mobile masterpieces created with recycled or repurposed materials.
Beginning at Key West’s Custom House Museum, the parade was inspired by the late Stanley Papio, a Florida Keys welder acclaimed as a pioneer of recycled art. Papio specialized in welding pieces of discarded vehicles, appliances, pipes and wire into innovative sculptures.   

“To have this on Earth Day, as you see floats here using recycled materials like Stanley Papio did, is truly a testament to what Earth Day is all about,” said Cori Convertito, curator and historian for the Key West Art & Historical Society that presented the parade.
Entries were crafted by local school groups, environmental supporters and others who share Papio’s talent for turning found objects into art.
Standouts included a pair of 9-foot-tall ostriches with feathers made of foam from old cushions, a vivid green parrot whose body incorporated paper towel rolls and pool noodles, and a sunglasses-wearing fish crafted from repurposed PVC pipe, plastic wrap and duct tape.

Fans of recycled art can also explore the “Stanley Papio: Junkyard Rebel” exhibit at Key West’s Fort East Martello Museum. It features more than 100 of the late artist’s creations, now recognized as culturally important American artwork.


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