Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where are all these pink snails coming from?

By Daniel Timiraos

   Look anywhere around the City of Coral Gables and you’re bound to run into them. Snails. Big pink ones. At first they just blended in during the morning commute. Lack of coffee in the morning will do that to you. But a lunchtime walk around the city confirms their big pink existence. Listen to some jazz at the Coral Gables Museum and there’s one of them to keep you company. Head up the traffic circle on Coral Way, there’s another to greet you. So what are they and where did they come from?
   The snails, which symbolize nature, were created from recycled materials and leave a minimal carbon footprint. To make a long story short, they were originally set up in Miami Beach for Art Basel. Apparently, they were not very well received, seeing as one of them ended up in the ocean. Seems like they found a quieter home in the Gables. Some people seem to like them, others not so much. Here are some articles if you want to hear more about the big pink snails.
   Whether you like them or not they will be around for a bit. And who knows, when they're gone they just might be missed. Let us know what you think of them.

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