#BeMoreSnail: Giant Snails Take Centre Stage in Brighton
Snailspace Brighton & Hove will be the first in a series of Snailspace public art events Wild in Art will bring to cities.
Snailspace is the much-anticipated follow up to the hugely successful Snowdogs by the Sea, which raised £310,000 for Martlets and contributed in excess of £10m to the local economy.
A host of giant snails, designed by Wild in Art’s Creative Director Chris Wilkinson, will sneak their way into the streets of Brighton and Hove next year, each one uniquely decorated by a different artist.
Imelda Glackin, CEO Martlets, explains why she believes giant snails are the perfect follow up to the hugely popular Snowdogs:
“The snail sculpture resonates wonderfully with the work we do at Martlets. Our life-changing hospice care helps people do the things they love with the time they have. In this fast-paced city it’s often hard to remember to slow down and appreciate the things in life that make us smile. The strikingly painted snails across our city will be a constant reminder to take a moment to enjoy the time we have with the people we share our lives with.”
She continued, “The snail also carries its home wherever it goes. It’s a comforting reminder that being home or feeling at home is incredibly important to the patients and families we help and support.”
Charlie Langhorne, Director of Wild in Art explained why a snail was his sculpture of choice for the city. “Love them or hate them, everyone will be talking about Snails! Brighton is a quirky, creative city and needed an unexpected sculpture to follow the Snowdogs. Discovering a giant version of a creature that is usually so small should trigger a moment of reflection, as well as raising a smile; it reminds us all to slow down and enjoy the beauty in everyday things. The shell also provides a wonderful canvas, crucial for an artistic city like Brighton. #BeMoreSnail is a motto we’re sure Brighton will embrace.”
The 50 giant snails will take their place in both iconic locations around the city and a few unexpected spots in Autumn 2018. They will be on the Snailway for around eight weeks until they are reunited for a spectacular farewell event giving people the chance to see them all together. Finally, ahead of Christmas 2018, they will be auctioned to raise money for Martlets before taking up residence in their forever homes.
Businesses in the city interested in sponsorship are encouraged to get in touch with Martlets as soon as possible to secure their involvement in this unique event. There will be a call for artist submissions in December 2017 and details of the Learning Programme will be announced in January 2018.
To download a sponsorship pack or for more information, visit www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk.
Photos by Liz Finlayson/Vervate.