Fifty colourful giant “snails” are currently hidden around the streets of Brighton and Hove to raise money for Martlets Hospice.
The snail sculptures have been designed by different artists for Snailspace, the UK’s first sculpture trail featuring the giant gastropods, which is being organised by Martlets Hospice in conjunction with Wild in Art. #BeMoreSnail is the motto of Snailspace, the idea being to encourage people to slow down, enjoy the moment and spend more time with the people they love. It resonates with the philosophy behind the life-changing care provided by the hospice, and, at the end of the event, the sculptures will be auctioned off and the profit raised will go back to help fund Martlets’ vital work.
The unusual sculptures will be hidden around the city until November 18, encouraging people to explore areas away from the usual tourist haunts and to engage with the event’s campaign message.
Among the snails will be ‘Slimon’ created by Turner nominated artist, David Shrigley, ‘Fast Forward Mix Tape’ commissioned by Fatboy Slim and created by street artist Cassette Lord, and ‘Soraya’ by artist and former fashion designer Sarah Arnett who holds the accolade of creating the highest selling Snowdog ‘Max’, which sold for £22,000, during the Martlets’ Snowdogs by the Sea campaign in 2016.
There will also be around 60 junior snails decorated by local children, which will be displayed in indoor venues across the city, and the Sussex Girl Guides have created a snail badge to run alongside the event.