In what could be a scene from Doctor Dolittle, a truck load of giant pink snails was spotted heading into Louisville today on Interstate 65. While such a story could be misconstrued as only some April Fool’s fun, these plastic sculptures by The Cracking Art Group (yes, the same artists who created the 21C Museum Hotel’s signature red penguins) are really Bluegrass bound.
While we couldn’t confirm with the usual suspects, the 21C of course, it seems likely that these 11-foot-long Pink Snails are—slowly—headed for Downtown. According to the Facebook page for Cracking Art Group, “They’re moving to Louisville, KY. from blue sea to bluegrass ;)” And while they might be the worst long-shot surprise entry into the Kentucky Derby of all time, they can raise awareness of recycling and the environment.
Made of recycled plastics reclaimed from landfills, the snails are part of the international REgeneration Art Project and have already travelled through Paris, Milan, Prague, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables. From the Pink Snail’s web site:
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.
Hopefully Louisville’s hospitality will be better than Miami’s where the snails were vandalized with graffiti and thrown into the Biscayne Bay.