Carnivorous Snails on the Heaphy

Ginney Deavoll
SKU: 11484
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Technique

Limited edition signed print - unframed.

Measurements

960 x 490mm.

About the artwork

We saw many shells of Powelliphata or giant snails in the world, whose habitat is the north-west coast of the South Island. There are 21 species, some of them adorned with beautifully patterned shells. The largest of them can grow to the size of a 'Big Mac' and weigh about as much as a mobile phone. They eat worms, which they slurp like spaghetti and live in leaf mould or under logs, only coming out at night to forage. In 2006 the 'Augutus' snails were the cause of a major controversy at the Stockton Mine. The company was going to strip-mine the area, a process that would destroy the snails habitat. The Department of Conservation gave them permission to be relocated. 1,500 snails were transported to a new home 800 meters away and a lucky 60 had radio transponders and antennae glued to their shells allowing them to be tracked and studied further.

Collection - The Long Way

"On the 18th February 2012 we found ourselves on a deserted south coast beach. Beyond the waves was the start of a two thousand kilometre self-propelled journey by paddle, peddle and foot leading to Cape Farewell, the most northerly point of the south island. This Exhibition represents all the outstanding moments of our three months travel through our most wild and beautiful places". 

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