Aerists Aleia Murawski and Samuel Copeland didn't set out to make miniature worlds for their snails. The miniatures and the snails were separate projects that eventually came together. The idea of keeping snails as pets happened when Copeland visited his parents' home.
On a venture into the back garden, he happened upon three snails and brought them back to Chicago where he then-resided with Aleia. “We made a terrarium for them,” Aleia tells It’s Nice That, “and around the same time, we started making miniature scenes together. At first, we were keeping them as pets and just loved looking at them every day. Then we realised, the sets we were making were roughly snail-sized and we loved the idea of animating these rooms.”
That was four years ago. The snails now have an amazing variety of sets, from tiny houses and workplaces to fantasy spaces. Continue reading to see more of the clever constructions that the snails inhabit, including videos of how the snails use them.
Read the story of Murawski and Copeland's snails at It's Nice That, and see more at Instagram. -via Laughing Squid