Trail de Snails
This summer, a leisurely art exhibit will be moseying into Denver in conjunction with Slow Food Nations: a free, outdoor gallery of snails to spread awareness of Slow Food Nations happening in Denver July 13-15, 2018 and to share components of the Slow Food movement – which aims to inspire.
WHAT: 11 larger-than-life sculpted and painted snails created by local artists.
Colorado artists were invited to use their talents to create snails that narrate the themes of Slow Food, including fresh veggies, slow beer, bees, flora, fauna, fish, farms, chefs, families around the table and more – all using snails as their canvas. The unique outdoor snail trail gallery will embrace slow food culture and the spirit of creativity through art.
Artists used mosaic, paints, vegetable props and their creativity to bring the themes to life via this unusual palette. Snails can be viewed at the Skyline Beer Garden, Denver Union Station and Larimer Square. The snails will be gathered on Larimer Square through July 10, then go to their galleries in time for Slow Food Nations:
All snails are for sale, and proceeds go back to Larimer Arts to cover the cost of the project.
Gertrude, “A Moveable Feast”
Nine Dot Arts
Meet Gertrude! She was created and designed to represent the Slow Food fruit and vegetable garden. Gertrude is covered in artificial flowers, foliage, fruits and veggies to reiterate the importance of fresh produce for all, which is one of Slow Food’s core values. Her 3-D features make her shell even more prominent. Gertrude is sponsored by NINE dot ARTS and currently resides in the Larimer Square Walkway, but will be moved to Denver Union Station during Slow Food Nations.
Buzz, The Happy Garden Snail
Meet Buzz, The Happy Garden Snail! He was created to remind visitors of the importance of bees. Bees gather, pollinate and cross pollinate. Artist, Sydney Eitel recognized how much of our food was dependent upon these little creatures and wanted to honor the bee in her work. Painted onto Buzz are fields of greens, dandelions, flowers and bees flying around to remind us to be kind to these little buzzing bugs! Buzz is located on Larimer Square.
Meet Maximo Manifesto! He was created to be a messenger of the meaning behind the Slow Food movement. Maximo Manifesto incorporates two statements, “We are enslaved by speed and we have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods,” (Carlo Patrini and Folco Portinari, 1989). And, “We believe everyone has the fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that makes this possible.” Artist, Stephen DeOrio hopes that visitors will slow down, read the statements and reflect on the underlying values that make up Slow Food. Maximo Manifesto is located on Larimer Square.
Meet Mr. Stripey! He was created to represent a tomato. Mr. Stripey’s shell is a vibrant black and white display of a striped tomato. His neck and face are covered with plump, red tomatoes to represent the importance of fresh food within the food industry. Artist, Tracy Weil is well known for his work with eco-friendly materials, such as nontoxic paints and wanted to incorporate that into his Slow Food piece to honor the sustainability aspect of the festival. Mr. Stripey is currently located on Larimer Square.
Slugo the Beer Barreled Snail
Meet Slugo the Beer Barreled Snail! He was created to represent the growing and popular beer culture in Denver. Slugo the Beer Barreled Snail resembles a beer barrel combined with a quintessential Denver brewery lover. On his front, there are two hands clinking glasses to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and on the back, are the ingredients that make up beer. Slugo the Beer Barreled Snail is currently located at the Skyline Beer Garden, but will be moved to Larimer Square during Slow Food Nations.
CHURRO, IN CELEBRATION OF NAVAJO CHURRO SHEEP
Meet Churro, in celebration of Navajo Churro Sheep! Churro was created to represent and remind visitors of the importance of self-sustaining agriculture. Artist, Jan Eitel has been in the natural & organic, grass-fed & local protein business for many years and considers slow meats more than a job, but a passion. He is also passionate about creating self-sustaining projects in developing countries and was pleased to find that Slow Foods has Slow Meat projects in South Africa and India. In harmony with his passions and the Slow Foods organization, Churro, is a snail disguised as a Navajo-Churro sheep, standing in Tall Grasses, and accented with various local ornamentation. Churro is currently residing in the Larimer Square Walkway but will be moving to Denver Union Station during Slow Food Nations.
Meet Cosmic Garden! Cosmic Garden was created to represent the Slow Food program, “Plant a seed, defend the future,” as well as a farm to table meal. The front of Cosmic Garden is covered in flowers to represent the importance of planting seeds and growing produce. The back of Cosmic Garden encompasses the Slow Food value of clean eating and creating meals that are grown from local and sustainable agricultural sources. Cosmic Garden is currently residing on Larimer Square.
Griselda (“The Patient One”)
Meet Griselda “The Patient One”! She was designed to mimic old travel trunks to show the true national and international participation in Slow Food Nations. The decal images came from Google searches of “Slow Food” logos, but were hand-painted onto the shell by artist, Kyle Banister. Many of the logos are from states, cities and nations that participated or hosted previous Slow Food events. Griselda “The Patient One” is currently located on Larimer Square.
Patience, Good Things Take Time
Meet Patience, Good Things Take Time! Patience was designed as a glass mosaic snail to incorporate the Slow Food value of enjoying and appreciating meals at a leisurely pace. Artist, Jennifer Mosquera, created a basket with fresh food on the front and an image of a clock on the back to remind visitors that “good things take time.” Patience is currently located on Larimer Square.
It’s a Slow, Slow World
Meet It’s a Slow, Slow World! This snail was designed to have bright eyes and a big smile because he is happy and healthy and takes it slow. It’s a Slow, Slow World has a mosaic shell made up of vibrant and diverse colors that work together to create an image of the world globe. Artist, Tadd Moskal, wanted to incorporate the Slow Food concept of taking things slowly and enjoying life, as well as the global aspect of the organization which reaches countries all over the world. It’s a Slow, Slow World is located on Larimer Square.
Slow Food Love
Meet Slow Food Love! Slow Food Love was created to show symbolic appreciation for whole, organic, local good food. Slow Food Love has a heart on the back of its shell with fruits and vegetables inside. This is to offer visitors a positive reminder to eat well and take care of their bodies. The front of Slow Food Love is a classically designed snail shell to honor simplicity. Slow Food Love is currently located on Larimer Square.