Ant hill captured in molten aluminum

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

An anonymous American artist is getting international attention for turning pesky ant hills into intricate, educational sculptures.

A video recently posted to YouTube shows how Anthill Art is made – by pouring a gurgling pot of molten aluminum into an ant hill, digging it up and then washing off the dirt.

This particular cast, of a fire ant colony, reached a depth of 18 inches and weighs nearly 18 pounds. It’s being auctioned on eBay.

"This cast would make an amazing display as an artistic piece for a fireplace mantle or as an educational display for a science classroom or laboratory," the description reads.

Since each sculpture involves the destruction of a colony, Anthill Art has been the subject of criticism online.

“I disabled comments because I'm sick of your bickering,” reads the video’s description on YouTube. “Also, I couldn't get YouTube to stop sending me an email every time someone posted ‘What if I poured aluminum in your house’ for the 100th time.”


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