Thursday, July 10, 2008

Graffiti Snails Roaming London

The following article was originally published here. I thought it was cool, and wanted to share. Hope you're all having a wonderful summer!
Most people have to shell out to give their homes a makeover – not so for these multi-coloured molluscs. The flashy snails have had their drab shells given a paint job for nothing – and they didn't even have to move a muscle.
A London artist, known only as Slinkachu, has used the molluscs' shells for a series of designs dubbed 'Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street'.
One was given a graffiti-style urban revamp complete with a new name – John – spelt out across its shell. Another had the Tube logo ["Tube" is the name the people of London, England gave their subway system] painted on as well as acquiring a couple of unexpected passengers.
Slinkachu was keen to point out that non-toxic paints were used. The 28-year-old said: 'No snails were harmed – they just had their homes vandalised.'
And, with their long lifespan, don't be too surprised to see a brightly-coloured snail making its way down a street near you. In a previous project, Little People, Slinkachu photographed tiny plastic figures apparently going about their lives in the capital, from Tube travel to sightseeing. He left many of the figures dotted around the capital for their larger, human equivalents to discover.


Nikole.P.H said...

Heyy Mrs.B!
Just wanted to say how cool this is!! And I also just wanted to say hi...could you do a post on the jonas brothers???Thanks!

maja g. said...

WOW! To tell you the truth, I would have never thought of Graffiti Snails. It just proves that Slinkachi is very artistic and creative. Although snails ARE living creatures, and have feelings. I wouldn't like to have MY home vandalised. It's pretty mean to vandalise snail shells. I feel sorry for them, even if Slinkachi says he used non-toxic paints. Imagine if your home was vandalised and you had no say in the decision. At least it's giving the world an unforgettable knowledge. Thanks for the article:)

corinna said...

wow bs. bromley
you know what that reminds me of?
reminds me of a book i just read about graffati
because in that book, it showed us how the snails go spray painted and those got inported to a museum!!!!

Ivana M. said...

WOW! Graffiti snails? no comment.