I know this is a bit weird, but hey, it’s Christmas, and as a piece of art it rather appealed to me – particularly as it is “made” out of aluminum.
I talk of course of a creative individual who pours molten aluminum into a fire anthill and creates an amazing replica of every chamber and tunnel of those remarkable insects’ habitat.
The guy operates under the tag of www.anthillart.com and a video on YouTube shows what a longwinded process is involved for each creation. Liquid aluminum is poured into the entrance of the anthill and allowed to cool; some hours later – you will notice it is dark by the time the solid nest is dug up – the earth around the structure is removed and the whole piece lifted out to have any remaining soil jet-washed off.
The resulting brightly reflective structure measures some 18” high and up to 13” wide, weighing in at about 18 pounds. Mounted on a wooden plinth, it shows the incredible complexity of an ant nest – what a neat piece of art that makes, don’t you think?
The ants’ nest in question appears to be an active site, as in the beginning of the clip live ants can be seen on the cone, but the a caption below the video reads: “These are the red imported fire ants which are harmful to the environment and their nests are exterminated by the millions in the United States using poisons, gasoline and fire, boiling water, and very rarely molten aluminum.”
No mention of what grade of aluminum is used, but we assume it’s most likely a casting alloy, as it would flow and cast most effectively given the investment casting-type shape of the ant’s nest.
Wonderful! So where can I buy one?