Until we saw these fantastic photos it hadn’t occurred to us that there aren’t nearly enough giant blue snails in the world. Thanks to the work of Cracking Art Group, a collective made up of 6 international artists who began working together in 1993, there are now 50 more.
Using recycled plastic that they adapt to suit their purposes, Cracking Art Group creates large-scale interventions that involving enormous coloured plastic animals invading public spaces. “The group considers “cracking” the process which transforms the natural into artificial; organic into synthetic… By selecting recycled plastic and adapting it to their own purpose, Cracking Art Group is attempting to hold back control of the process and turn it towards fulfilling the movement’s social and environmental commitment to reinstating humanity as part of nature, not apart from it.”
These awesome snails are the collective’s most recent creation. Entitled REgeneration, the intervention took place at the Duomo in Milan from October 5th through October 13th:
“In collaboration with the cathedral and Opera d’Arte, Cracking Art Group created and placed 50 blue snail sculptures on the Duomo’s roof to call attention to the much-needed repairs and restoration. 100 smaller limited edition snails were also created and sold at the Glauco Cavaciuti Gallery with net proceeds going towards to the restoration of the cathedral.”
We sure hope they did something wonderful with all of those snails after the intervention was over.