Neon Pink Escargots Invade Miami!

2snailslg Slow and steady wins the race, and two artistic organizations are looking to show that every little step forward counts when it comes to sustainability and working toward a better environment.
Galleria Ca’ d’ Oro, one of Rome’s most respected contemporary art galleries, and the renowned artist collective Cracking Art Group tonight (November 19) will open the REgeneration Art Project in Miami Beach. The exhibit strategically placed 45 gigantic, pink snail sculptures throughout the city of Miami to entertain, educate, and dazzle local residents and visitors. Made from recycled plastic collected from landfills, these larger-than-life friends are meant to encourage awareness of the importance of recycling and its impact on the environment. 

Snail-clouds Anchored by sand for durability, with some even illuminated by solar lights during the night, the snails come in two sizes—8 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide and 11 ft.  long, or 3 ft. by 2.5 ft. by 4 ft.

Cracking Art Group chose the snail—a symbol of nature—for a variety of metaphorical reasons: First, it calls to mind the sense of hearing, as its shape resembles the human ear. Second, it alludes to the concept of housing, since the snail carries its house and virtually is enclosed in it when necessary. Third, the snail evokes the ideas of modernity and communication, as represented by the creature’s antennae.

The REgeneration Art Project launches tonight at the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive, and runs through January 3, 2011. 









–Lindsey Collier

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