Ant Hill Sculptures A Modern Work Of Art
Nature’s beauty never ceases to amaze humans. Snowflakes that are each different as fingerprints, spiders that build masterpiece webs and of course the intricate tunnels of ants. One way to view the tunneling of ants is through an ant farm. Although this method comes with drawbacks such as ants escaping and needing to take care of the ants. A few artist have found a way to harness the art work of the ants without having to look at it through a plastic or glass screen.
The molten aluminum anthill sculptures made with heated aluminum until it becomes liquid. It is then carefully poured down into the anthill and ant tunnels fill up with the liquid solidifying as it cools down. Since the molten aluminum cools quickly after being poured down the anthill, it usually does not go deeper than a couple of feet down. After several hours of letting it cool, the aluminum is then dug out of the ground carefully. It takes a pressure water bath.
After completely cleaning the dirt from off the aluminum, the anthill sculpture comes to life. As each anthill is different, no two sculptures are the same. The sculptures are then mounted on a varnished piece of wood. The anthill sculptures come out looking like silver christmas trees.
There has been a huge debate about the environmental issue of producing these anthill sculptures. Many concerns are for the ants themselves. It does indeed kill ants to create these beautiful sculptures. Within the molten aluminum the ants in the tunnels are caught up and become apart of the sculpture. Since the ants are killed, that begs the question of does this artwork destroy the ant colony.
According to one of the anthill artists, they make sure to only make enough molten aluminum to only fill up the top half of the ant colony. This allows the majority of the ant colony to survive and even rebuild the ant hill. Instead of pouring the molten aluminum down all the major tunnels, artists only pick one of the main tunnels to allow the ants a to be able to continue living.
The molten aluminum used in the casting of the sculptures derives from 100% recycled aluminum, i.e. aluminum cans. This reduces the environmental impact while putting used aluminum into good use as an art form. Anthill sculptures are a beautiful way to view the natural tunnels of ants without hurting the environment.
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