Huge red Murex shells

Two huge red Murex shells, shrouded in red light, hang mirror-inverted opposite each other and carry on a poetic conversation. “Gastromancer” is the name of this impressive art object with a deep meaning and was created by the well-known artist Monira Al Qadiri.

We had the honour of contributing to the realisation of this artistic vision. On behalf of the agency SMA (STOP MAKING ART), we first CNC milled these two art objects from PU 50kg/m³ and then covered them with 2-3 mm GRP laminate. This choice of material ensures a low overall weight and at the same time high stability of the sculpture. Finally, the sculpture was to be displayed hanging without the need for special reinforcements at the suspension points. A loudspeaker was installed invisibly in the hollow “auditory canal” of the shell by means of a magnetic plate.
For the suspension, connection points were attached and the surface was roughly sanded for a subsequent surface coating. The final red sand coating of the two shells was applied by the client SMA.

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    We are thrilled about the constructive cooperation with SMA and look forward to realising further works of art.

The snails turned out super nice, the artist was very happy with the result and the sound thing worked out too.” (Client)

Pictures of the art objects in exhibition:



Monira Al Qadiri



2nd upper floor Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2023

Monira Al Qadiri – Presse | Kunsthaus Bregenz (

Photos from the exhibition:

Markus Tretter

Courtesy of the artist


Pro Objekt: ca. 900 x 3200 mm