POURING MOLTEN HOT METAL INTO ANTHILLS FOR ART

Pouring Molten Hot Metal Into Anthills For Art
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POURING MOLTEN HOT METAL INTO ANTHILLS FOR ART



Written by Jack Blocker
17 Friday 17th July 2015

The inside of an anthill is a fascinating labyrinth of excavated tunnels and chambers, inexplicable to human eyes but no doubt constructed through some sort of mad ant logic, or whatever ants use to make decisions. Humans once explored these insect architectures by tipping a bunch of ants and dirt into a skinny fishtank. But this is 2015 dingus, the ONLY way to inspect them now is to fill actual anthills with boiling hot, liquid metal.

The mind behind Anthill Art is doing just that, then selling the resulting cast as a bespoke piece of art. The purposeful destruction of ant colonies is obviously a controversial method of creation, but the artist claims that the species of bug he casts (fire and carpenter ants) are considered pests, and are therefore facing extermination anyway. Sounds legit. Watch the video below to see the frankly incredible process in action, then check out the Christmas tree-like casts after the jump.

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