KEY WEST, Florida Keys — If one man's junk is another man's treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of "outsider art" can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor's legacy Saturday, May 14, with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations.

The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade is set to begin at noon at Key West's Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — are to follow a route along the length of Key West's Duval Street.

After the offbeat procession, floats and other parade creations are to be transported to Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd., where they will be on display until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The display is to remain at the fort until mid-June.

On Saturday evening art lovers can attend the 5:30 to 7 p.m. grand opening of a permanent Papio exhibit at Fort East Martello. The exhibit is to feature more than 100 sculptures and three-dimensional constructions by the colorful Papio, ranging from the "Bowlegged Bride" to the "Two Faced Woman."

Stanley Papio settled in Key Largo in 1949 and opened a welding business, which evolved into the creation of welded "junkyard art" incorporating everything from recycled car parts to pipes and wire. Blending satirical social commentary and gritty whimsy, his constructions overran his property, incensed his neighbors and eventually morphed into a roadside exhibition of folk art that he dubbed Stanley's Art Museum. Before his death in 1982, Papio's visionary craftsmanship earned some recognition from critics, collectors and museums.

As well as the kinetic parade and exhibit opening, the Papio-themed weekend is to feature a May 13 kick-off party and parade registration from 5-8 p.m. at the Custom House and a post-parade awards party May 14 at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St. on the Atlantic Ocean.

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