Geronimo is on the snail trail – beating SnailyMcSnailface

Geronimo the snail sculpture
Geronimo the snail sculpture

Meet Geronimo, a snail sculpture taking part in next year’s fundraising art trail for Martlet’s Hospice, following last year’s Snowdogs by the Sea event.

The public was asked to vote to name the snail from four choices, including SnailyMcSnailface, Martisse and Oscar Go.

But the public chose Geronimo, the name of largest African giant snail ever found.

It was owned by Christopher Hudson of Hove and was collected in Sierra Leone in June 1976. It measured 39.3cm from snout to tail when fully extended.

The mascot snail will be part of the Snailspace fundraising event set to take to the streets in Autumn 2018.

The Snailspace trail, fundraising for Martlets Hospice in Hove, will see 50 snails dotted around the city in autumn 2018. The Snowdogs by the Sea trail raised £310,000 for the hospice, and contributed £10.1 million to the local economy.

Martlets are once again teaming up with Wild in Art to bring the sculptures to the streets of Brighton and Hove, each one sponsored by local businesses, and uniquely decorated by a different artist.

Launching the idea in October, Imelda Glackin, CEO of Martlets, said: “The snail sculpture resonates wonderfully with the work we do at Martlets. Our life-changing hospice care helps people do the things they love with the time they have.

“In this fast-paced city it’s often hard to remember to slow down and appreciate the things in life that make us smile. The strikingly painted snails across our city will be a constant reminder to take a moment to enjoy the time we have with the people we share our lives with.”

The design for Geronimo was recently revealed on the Snailspace Facebook page and captures the idea of a giant ‘Snailway’ running through the streets of the city.

It also features the campaign’s key slogan, #BeMoreSnail, to encourage us people to slow down in 2018.

Geronimo will be making guest appearances at various Martlets’ events in 2018 ahead of taking his permanent place on the ‘Snailway’ in Sept 2018. Organisations wanting him to slide his way into their event should contact the Snailspace team at Martlets Hospice.

To find out more about Snailspace, visit www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk