These multi-coloured snails are the art work of a London artist known as Slinkachu, who used the snails’ shells as his canvas for a series of designs dubbed ‘Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street art project’.
One was given a graffiti-style urban revamp complete with a new name – John – spelt out across its shell. Another had the Tube logo painted on as well as acquiring a couple of unexpected passengers.
Slinkachu was keen to point out that non-toxic paints were used. The 28-year-old artist said: “No snails were harmed – they just had their homes vandalised.”
So, don’t be too surprised to see a brightly-coloured snail making its way down a street near you.
In his previous project, ‘Little People’, Slinkachu photographed tiny plastic figures apparently going about their lives in the capital, from Tube travel to sightseeing. He left many of the figures dotted around the capital for their larger, human equivalents to discover.