Last month I spent a hypnotic afternoon at the Hirshhorn and was struck by palimpsest‘s ravenous snails. Alas, in just four days those cabbages they are mindlessly devouring will be their last supper. Under the deal the museum struck with the USDA in order to display the exhibit, the snails will not survive their brush with fame. Upon the exhibit’s end on Tuesday, January 3rd they will be exterminated (humanely, though even I can’t really get away with anthropomorphizing snails without shuddering. They’re a bit creepy…).

So if you’re looking for something to do over the weekend other than party like it’s 1999, head over and pay your last respects to these unsung martyrs for art. Farewell, slimy industrious mollusks…

2 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    Here’s a line from the WashPost article that gives me pause:

    “The snail squads are rotated between the installation and the lab, where they have a more diverse diet and were even given small Christmas stockings by staffers.”

    Christmas sotickings, eh? And what do you put in a snail stocking? Rotting lettuce? Old carrots? Salt for the bad ones? Me, I’ll be waiting right outside the autoclave, hot sause and fork at the ready!

  2. sean hennessey (unregistered) on December 30th, 2005 @ 6:41 pm

    that was a very cool piece. at first i was so enthralled by the notes and the words, i didnt even pay attention to the life forms.

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