Largest Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast So Far (Cast #072)

  • Published: 13 March 2015
  • This is the largest fire ant colony cast to date, by mass and depth. It was on display at the International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne, France from March 12, 2015 until April 12, 2015 as part of the Form Follows Information exhibit.

    This is Cast #072, see pictures here:

    Thanks to everybody at Cité du design​ and the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne​ for including the cast.

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Comments • 5 953

  • Gwiyomi Kim
    Gwiyomi Kim  5 hours back

    No ants were harmed in the making of this video.😉

    • Mariana Vera
      Mariana Vera  14 hours back

      How much for one of those?

      • Stephen Luther
        Stephen Luther  17 hours back

        Fuck those ants, kill em all.

        • Ibi Awosanya
          Ibi Awosanya  21 hours back

          Meanwhile in the Ant colony...

          Hero Ant: "Run little ones, follow the tunnels to the bottom where you'll be safe, we will prevail... I'll go fight off the Aliens..."

          Baby ant stuck under a grain of sand: "Help, I'm stuck, heeeeeelp..."

          Ethnic minority ant that always dies first in disaster movies: "hang on, I'm coming to ge... ("SPLAT! MOLTEN ALUMINUM IN THA FACE!)... aaaaaaaarrrghhhh.

          Hero Ant: " the Aliens are too strong, I... can't... hold... any lon... ("SPLAT! MOLTEN ALUMINUM IN THA FACE!)... aaaaaaaarrrghhhh

          Baby ant stuck under a grain of sand: "why, why is this happening... I will never give up... ugh... as long as there is hope, I will get back up... ugh... and rebuild our... ("SPLAT! MOLTEN ALUMINUM IN THA FACE!)... aaaaaaaarrrghhhh....

          • Rhonda Shidler
            Rhonda Shidler  22 hours back

            Looks like a tree

            • The Concorde
              The Concorde  2 days back

              Imagine sitting in your living room and a bunch molten aluminum comes through your hallway

              • D Augusto
                D Augusto  2 days back

                I like to do the same thing, only I use poison.

                • T G
                  T G  3 days back

                  How do you know how much Aluminium to melt? If there is too little, it vanishes and you don't get a cast.

                  • Khanh Hua
                    Khanh Hua  3 days back

                    Oh Christmas Tree!

                    • Jacrispy Steve
                      Jacrispy Steve  4 days back

                      Please consider knowing all the ants were harmed in the making of this 😂😂😂😂 sweet revenge

                      • Willie Fufu
                        Willie Fufu  5 days back

                        WHY DID YOU NOT SHOW THE CASTING

                        • Paul Ramos
                          Paul Ramos  1 weeks back

                          How do we know that is really a fire ant colony, could of been nice ant colony, anyways...who gives a fuck. Dude should have used his time smashing pussy.

                          • Jaime Ramírez
                            Jaime Ramírez  1 weeks back

                            You should just leave the ant hill

                            • A Human
                              A Human  1 weeks back

                              A Christmas Tree

                              • Rodrigo Moreira
                                Rodrigo Moreira  1 weeks back

                                So many lives sacrificed just for that?

                                • Gustav Ramsö
                                  Gustav Ramsö  1 weeks back

                                  Imagine how many ants are trapped inside that shit now

                                  • Gustav Ramsö
                                    Gustav Ramsö  1 weeks back

                                    It’s fine. This shit is staged. The ant’s are in on it and left the hill like two hours before shooting.

                                    • Nicholaus Uhl
                                      Nicholaus Uhl  2 weeks back

                                      I'd argue that this isn't art, considering it's not a unique concept and it didn't take any creative effort on the part of the caster, it's like those people that just splatter paint. Maybe it was art the first time someone did it, not anymore.

                                      • Nicholaus Uhl
                                        Nicholaus Uhl  3 days back

                                        @puppy knight paintings, architecture, sculptures, even a lot of crafts can be considered art like Japanese Shōji, art should require (in my opinion) effort, mental or otherwise. I think that this concept is stolen, and I think it wasn't a good concept to begin with. Look up Thomas Cole.

                                      • puppy knight
                                        puppy knight  6 days back

                                        For you, what is art?

                                    • Jessie James
                                      Jessie James  2 weeks back

                                      -"Do you ever...
                                      - get tired of Ants...?"....

                                      • BonzoDog67 Lizardking
                                        BonzoDog67 Lizardking  2 weeks back

                                        Now it just needs Evergreen paint and a star on top!

                                        • Frazer Thorley
                                          Frazer Thorley  2 weeks back


                                          • Geany kade
                                            Geany kade  2 weeks back

                                            ants are hardworking... they have a life too dude

                                            • huhu
                                              huhu  2 weeks back

                                              What a special Christmas tree.

                                              • Hemp Slayer
                                                Hemp Slayer  2 weeks back

                                                Lets just kill ants to have a cool looking piece of metal. Wtf

                                                • CT - 7056
                                                  CT - 7056  2 weeks back


                                                  • Alberto Vicente
                                                    Alberto Vicente  2 weeks back

                                                    This dude sucks ass!! They should strap him down and pour it in his asshole to see that work of art! Straight Garbage video!!

                                                  • add marx
                                                    add marx  2 weeks back

                                                    What happened to the ants inside?

                                                    • Courtney Moyer
                                                      Courtney Moyer  2 weeks back

                                                      Hey ants run for your lives.🐜🐜🐜

                                                      • Bob Kirsch
                                                        Bob Kirsch  2 weeks back


                                                        • nate carroll
                                                          nate carroll  2 weeks back

                                                          No one:

                                                          Some people: for those of you complaining about killing the fire ants I'll have you know my grandmothers cousin was viciously assualted by fire ants while walking down the street

                                                          • RDM 010
                                                            RDM 010  2 weeks back

                                                            Whoa wait a minute. You're killing ants to make art? You're a fucking loser of epic proportions. Nature made your art. You had very little to so with it. All you did was pour n dig. What a load of bullshit.

                                                            • puppy knight
                                                              puppy knight  6 days back

                                                              He's helping the environment by killing the fire ants

                                                          • roland gee
                                                            roland gee  2 weeks back

                                                            Ant lives matter! J/k great job

                                                            • Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar
                                                              Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar  2 weeks back


                                                              • Hisham Baha
                                                                Hisham Baha  2 weeks back

                                                                U kill ants... may u go to hell

                                                                • Hisham Baha
                                                                  Hisham Baha  6 days back

                                                                  @puppy knight God created everything... so it his choice to kill u or not... stupid ass

                                                                • puppy knight
                                                                  puppy knight  6 days back

                                                                  Didn't god create a flood an kill off most humans

                                                                • Mico Berta
                                                                  Mico Berta  2 weeks back

                                                                  I come visit you in your city

                                                              • Vishal Bugata
                                                                Vishal Bugata  2 weeks back

                                                                stop this cruelty

                                                                • Trevor Or
                                                                  Trevor Or  2 weeks back

                                                                  10 million ants died in the making of this video

                                                                  • Shazad Younas
                                                                    Shazad Younas  2 weeks back

                                                                    Should put Christmas decorations on it

                                                                    • T.M. R.
                                                                      T.M. R.  2 weeks back

                                                                      Hey Americans,
                                                                      the name is actually Aluminium, not Aluminum.
                                                                      You would know that if you were able to actually pronounce it correctly.

                                                                      Gosh, do I hate the general stupidity, that has established over the decades among Americans.

                                                                      • Deadbuck73
                                                                        Deadbuck73  2 weeks back

                                                                        T.M. R. Don’t worry America will be great again... someday...

                                                                    • Jerry Dalrymple
                                                                      Jerry Dalrymple  2 weeks back

                                                                      Nice miniature Christmas tree. 🎄🐜

                                                                      • yojo joseph
                                                                        yojo joseph  2 weeks back

                                                                        book your aluminium christmas tree online now.

                                                                        disclaimer :- No animals were injured or hurt during the shoot of this video. :D

                                                                        • Sepimong Thonger
                                                                          Sepimong Thonger  2 weeks back

                                                                          i thought i was missing something and now im satisfied 😆

                                                                          • Yoni Natani
                                                                            Yoni Natani  2 weeks back

                                                                            Animal rights my ass

                                                                            People care only when the animal is cute but when it come to ants and bags the only question is "which way should we do it"

                                                                            • Candymantempting 41
                                                                              Candymantempting 41  2 weeks back

                                                                              I’ll admit, I didn’t watch all of the movie Ant Bully, but this was super cool!

                                                                              • Gee Ball
                                                                                Gee Ball  2 weeks back

                                                                                Y WOULD U DO THAT U FUCKIN DUMB FUCK THATS MASS MURDER IN NANO SCALE A WHOLE COLONY OF ANTS STUPID FUCK 😠😠😠

                                                                                • Yo Drop
                                                                                  Yo Drop  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I do this with groundhog holes all the time. Usually in the Spring when they have babies.

                                                                                  • Keith Schultz
                                                                                    Keith Schultz  2 weeks back

                                                                                    You sir are a weapon of mass destruction

                                                                                    • abel carreon
                                                                                      abel carreon  2 weeks back

                                                                                      So they destroy and entire colony of living organisms and call it art?

                                                                                    • Xenaisthebusiness
                                                                                      Xenaisthebusiness  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Genocide is wrong