'Sweet Brown Snail' – Munich, Germany - Atlas Obscura

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'Sweet Brown Snail'

A giant snail sculpture looking longingly at the German traffic museum. 


Street art often has a meaning tied to its look and location. Perhaps the best example of this is a gigantic sculpture of a snail looking longingly at a Munich museum filled with cars and other vehicles. 

The sculpture, called ‘Sweet Brown Snail,’ is a 29-fold enlargement of a popular tourist trinket, now towering at four meters high. The statue was made as a collaboration between Jason Rhoades and Paul McCarthy, known for works such as Paul McCarthy’s Santa Claus.

The statue was placed on the square in 2002, right in front of the Deutsches Museum-Verkehrszentrum. According to the artists, the snail is an ironic contrast to the dream of speed, which is a central theme in the museum. However, while the snail may be slow, it carries its house with it which embodies unlimited mobility.

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The snail is freely accessible.

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