Art Snails In The Slimelight

For the past six weeks, nothing at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has been quite so attention grabbing as a vitrine containing two heads of cabbage and about 20 brown snails. This is the big time for snails with art world aspirations, being part of a major work at a high profile museum. Ann Hamilton's 1989 "Palimpsest" is a room size installation that also features handwritten notes on yellowed newsprint pinned to the walls and encased in beeswax floor tiles. For the full story - click the title Irish Art