More from the Miami Herald:
The 45 giant pink snails visiting Miami Beach for Art Basel season were supposed to inspire reflection on the environment and the fast pace of South Florida life.
Instead, the recycled plastic gastropods have been treated like unwanted tourists -- punched, tagged with graffiti, relocated by county order and, in one case, tossed into Biscayne Bay.
"Every morning I wake up with a disaster," said Gloria Porcella, co-owner of Galleria Ca' d'Oro, which has backed the Italian art collective behind the 45 snails' appearance. (full story)