Basel benefit: Purple snails may adorn Venetian Causeway, other Beach roads

Rendering of the purple snails on the Venetian Causeway.

Imagine clusters of pink and magenta snails the size of Smart cars along the Venetian Causeway and other Miami Beach roads.  Es-car-go? No.

An internationally known gallery is planning a unique public art installation from mid-November through January that would place pink/magenta snail sculptures along several Miami Beach roads, including the Venetian Causeway.

The Ca‘ d’Oro Gallery & Cracking Art Group, based in Rome (and planning to open a Miami gallery), is planning to spend about $100,000 on the six-week exhibition, which would be in place before, during and after this December’s Art Basel (Dec. 2-5).

According to a memo from James Martincak, maintenance superintendent of Miami-Dade County’s causeways division, the installation would take approximately 3 days to install and 3 days to break down. It would end Jan. 3.

Renderings and a full proposal will be presented to Miami Beach’s Art In Public Places Committee.

The snails would be positioned in several spots on the Venetian Causeway, in Maurice Gibb Memorial Park at the east end of the causeway, at Alton Road and 20th St., on Dade Boulevard between Meridian and Michigan, in Lummus Park at 10th Street, on the Fifth Street median between Lenox and Jefferson, on Alton Road at 41st Street, and in Collins Park after the end of Art Basel.

The snails comes in two sizes: large (7 feet 7 inches tall, 5 feet 11 inches wide and 10 feet 6 inches long), and small (2 feet 8 inches high, 2 feet 2 inches wide and 3 feet 7 inches long).

In total, there will be 26 large and 20 small snails. To be accurate, the large ones are slightly bigger than a Smart Car, a tad smaller than a Mini Cooper.

The Venetian Causeway will host six large and five small snails. There will be three large and two small critters in Maurice Gibb Park.

Some snails will be lighted with solar up-lights “for optimum nighttime effect.”  They will be anchored and filled with sand or water for stability, and treated with anti-graffitti coatings.

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