Amazingly Complex Ant Hills Cast as Aluminum Sculptures

It’s rare to see what an actual ant nest looks like underneath the surface of the earth. Anthill Art is an amazing process that captures that magnificent mystery in sculpture form. To create each piece, the anonymous American artist pours molten aluminum into the entrance of an ant hill, filling the tunnels and chambers with the boiling liquid. Once the liquid cools and solidifies, the piece is very carefully excavated and the excess dirt is power washed off. The results are an incredibly detailed display of the tiny, interconnected worlds created by thousands of little ants.

Each unique sculpture displays the different structural styles of varying species including fire ants and carpenter ants. The strange, abstract formations that once served as a home and a workplace are brought to the surface and the intricate details of the complex arrangements are revealed as works of art. There is a bit of controversy over the process, considering that sometimes the hills are abandoned and sometimes they are not, and the artist has provided some responses to that public concern on the Anthill Art Facebook page.

Anthill Art website
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January 18, 2017

31 Artists Who Transform Ordinary Paper Into Astonishing Works of Art

Paper is one of the great artistic chameleons. This easily accessible material that’s used in crafting incredible, gallery-worthy works of art is the same that contains crude sketchbook doodles never meant to see the light of day. It’s this fascinating dichotomy that entices creatives to experiment and use paper art as the centerpiece of their work. Depending on technique, paper can look wildly different.

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January 17, 2017

Romantic Man Builds a Vintage-Inspired Mechanical Toy for His Girlfriend

Long distance relationships are tough, but there’s one upside—you can make a really elaborate gift for your significant other without the risk that they’ll find out. Redditor gsxr93 used this to his advantage when crafting the perfect birthday present for his girlfriend. “Every summer we spend tons of time hiking and enjoying the outdoors together,” he wrote in an Imgur post. Using this as visual inspiration, he created an automata, or mechanical toy.

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