The pink snails are everywhere in Coral Gables

Even if you have been living under a rock, you won’t have missed our new visitors, the Pink Snails.  They are located at several prime locations around town, including Merrick Park Village, Ponce de Leon Circle Park and several other very visible locations.

The snails arrived in the Miami, courtesy of the Cracking Art Group and Italy’s renowned Galleria Ca’d’ Oro for Art Basel, first landing in Miami Beach.  They have travelled here, to Coral Gables, as part of an exhibition through many metropolitan cities in the US.

Due to their pink color, many have asked if they are related to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the artists who wrapped the islands in Biscayne Bay in Pink, but they are not.

Why are the Pink Snails here?

The snails are part of a public art initiative to encourage the discussion of recycling and how the impact on the environment can be reduced by doing so.

“The snails symbolize nature created from recycled, artificial material, and leaves a minimal carbon footprint, which is to encourage people to re-examine existing perceptions of urban life, and inspire us to play with our cities, as well as to mentally and physically rejuvenate them, in other words, to REgenerate them into more healthy, vibrant, animated and loving environments.”

They have definitely encouraged a discussion, you can’t pass them without commenting, either in bewilderment, glee or curiosity.  I for one, love them!

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Steve Lipson February 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

Correct the name: Galleria Ca'd' Oro.

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