Snail Troopers

In collaboration with the Duomo and Opera d’Arte in Milan, international art collective Cracking Art Group created and placed 50 blue snail sculptures on the cathedral’s roof to call attention to much-needed repairs and restoration. The snails, a motif commonly used by the group, are made from recycled plastic and allude to the gradual deterioration of the architecture. What an incredibly fun and creative endeavor!

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  1. Ambyr wrote:

    This is so cool and eerie. I love how vivid the snails are in the fog covered, rustic town. Love it.

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  2. hahha this is too cute

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  3. Liz wrote:

    that’s really cool!

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  4. jajaja they´re great!!! xo, alma
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  5. Votre Amie wrote:

    That’s actually really hilarious!! They make for some really incredible photographs – Little blue snails chillin on some grand architecture!
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  6. amazing contrast art with architecture

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  7. That color is seriously stunning with the stone!

    Great share!

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    James

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  8. tabetha wrote:

    So cool– or should I say “slow cool”? See what I did there?

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  9. that’s really cool, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Cris wrote:

    Love Milan!!!!!
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  12. Kait wrote:

    How fun! Look at how the blue pops in comparison to the gray sky and cathedral color. I was in Milan a couple weeks ago (the Duomo is freaking incredible!!!) and they were working on restoration, but I couldn’t see the snails from way down below. They did have giant billboards where the restoration was taking place which was a total eyesore! Blue snails are way better.

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  13. Jessica wrote:

    Haha this is fantastic!

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  14. Betsy wrote:

    We have snails identical to these that are popping up in the most unexpected places near our downtown square! A large pink one and a smaller blue one. I think they are connected with our new museum, Crystal Bridges, and new hotel 21C.

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  15. Chris wrote:

    Going up on the roof of The Duomo is one of the highlights of Milan! This is a really quirky addition to the experience, and it sounds like a fun contemporary way to call attention to the deterioration of the era with which it is coexisting!

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  17. Mira wrote:

    Super cute <3
    xo

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  18. cathy wrote:

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  19. vanessa wrote:

    these are awesome! we had the same installation during art basel miami 2 years ago and the city was covered. there are a few left and they really do add a little something special to your day, ours are hot pink and HUGE!

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=art+basel+miami+snails&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bpcl=36601534&biw=947&bih=679&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=GH2QUMfNCob48gSxn4C4Dg

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  20. Iren wrote:

    wow so funny!!! thanks for sharing!!

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  22. I knew it that the snails are from the cracking art group! one of the artists is from belgium, william sweetlove! i have an orange Chihuahua made by william sweetlove

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  23. Nadja wrote:

    looks soooo awesome! hahaha such a great idea! where did they get the idea from?? hahaha absolutely love it!!

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  24. hannah wrote:

    amazing sculptures!
    so cute!
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  25. Marj wrote:

    Awesome!!!!

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  26. loulou wrote:

    Too cute to be true! who has these ideas?
    <3
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  27. Hannah.X wrote:

    Lucky that they are not install in France otherwise they would be put on a dinning table LOLL. Btw, they are so vivid

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  28. Weird and creepy!

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  29. I suddenly want a pet snail 🙂

    It’s a cool way to raise awareness 🙂

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  30. hahaha..what a great idea. I love when such simple things making such a huge impression!

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  31. vicki wrote:

    creepyyy

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