Five Fire Ant Colony Casting Session Part 3: Casts 4 & 5

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  • Published: 13 November 2016
  • Here are the last two casts of the five aluminum fire ant colony casting session. I thought that attempting to cast five colonies in one session and showing the result, regardless of the cast quality, would highlight the difficulty of doing casts; however, 3 of the 5 are probably among the best casts I've ever done. So, I guess I'm just getting much better at doing this.

    The fourth colony cast turned out great. Like the others in the session (except the 2nd), I captured a large amount of the above ground hill, which is very difficult normally. It turned out 20.5 lb. This one was on display at the La Habra Children's Museum in California.

    It was very late on the third night of casting and digging, and I was honestly dreading doing the final cast. After finishing the fourth cast, I shined my flashlight on the last colony to assess it and realized that I had stepped in it. At first I was relieved that it was ruined and I couldn't possibly cast it. Then, the idea of casting the shoeprint came to me and I just couldn't call it a night without giving that a try. The shoeprint looked cool with the classic converse tread pattern. I had to basically recreate the shoeprint in place with sand, and build up the edges so that it would cast properly. I also broke up some sticks and spelled out "AHA" (abbreviation for Anthill Art) on the shoeprint that would "inscribe" that in the final cast. I shined up the final cast and painted in the AHA. While not a professional cast by any means, but I think it turned out pretty cool. It will make a cool little wall plaque for my workshop.

    The finished ant colony cast can be seen here: http://anthillart.com/castings/077/

    Part 1 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ8oUmWCPPo
    Part 2 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsbNlqNa_d0

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Comments • 8 771

  • Wrk Hrse
    Wrk Hrse  9 months back

    I’m sorry. I have to state the obvious...Fire in the hole 🤪

  • miss NooR
    miss NooR  1 hours back

    This is animal cruelty- hw is this even allowed

    • Latoya Chambers
      Latoya Chambers  5 hours back

      Those poor ants they didn’t mean no harm

      • Rajesh Rathod
        Rajesh Rathod  10 hours back

        U just district ants house n creates soil erosion

        • A Dladla
          A Dladla  10 hours back

          Doesn't this look like an erupted volcanoe

          • Aaron Pitts
            Aaron Pitts  11 hours back

            Extremely gratifying. And since I live in an area that is taken over with these insects, JUSTIFIABLE!

            • 아이코 하나
              아이코 하나  12 hours back

              Thid is satisfying

              • Alexis Greene
                Alexis Greene  14 hours back

                And people freaked out when that girl put ants in her nails. 💀🤣

                • Whalesnamedshark
                  Whalesnamedshark  1 days back

                  It was probably in active because they heard all the screaming

                  • Li se
                    Li se  1 days back

                    imagine being those plants and not only does a dude pour molten aluminum into the ground like a foot away from you, he then tears up your roots to take it out of the ground

                    • pearlmax
                      pearlmax  1 days back

                      Not sure what's worse. Fire ants invading your soil, or generation nerd kids invading the internet.

                      • Swiftie Forever
                        Swiftie Forever  2 days back

                        I hope someone puts molten aluminium on your home ..........

                        • Brad Lewis
                          Brad Lewis  2 days back

                          AHA - TAKE ON ME !

                          • chwefirst b4swallow
                            chwefirst b4swallow  3 days back

                            the ant cast reminded me of the designs in houses every christmas 🤯

                            • Danilo Guerra Arratia
                              Danilo Guerra Arratia  3 days back

                              Estúpido, eres un payaso deberías probar a llenarte de aluminio el ano. Hijo de puta

                              • Thabo Sethipa
                                Thabo Sethipa  3 days back

                                Busy killing the ecosystem

                                • Santos Colon
                                  Santos Colon  3 days back

                                  niga deadass playin Minecraft out here

                                  • ahwayzcool
                                    ahwayzcool  3 days back

                                    Larry the ant was the ONLY survivor. He has sleep apnea and dosed off somewhere in the forest while on the job.

                                    • Txdak
                                      Txdak  4 days back

                                      “Fuck them ants”

                                      • Miles vermon
                                        Miles vermon  4 days back

                                        I wonder how many ants died for this video :(

                                        • cellardoor 33
                                          cellardoor 33  4 days back

                                          I'm sorry but I think it's horrible that they do this to those ants... it's very disturbing.

                                          • 『 Ꭺlyx 』
                                            『 Ꭺlyx 』  4 days back

                                            I thought it was jus' like... 1 video on the iron thing, but we doing multiple, but for WHY?)): fun at the ant's expense.

                                            • supertube
                                              supertube  4 days back

                                              What happened did he quit his channel

                                              • EpicMelons
                                                EpicMelons  4 days back

                                                I can imagine mama ants telling their kids horror stories about being casted in metal if they don’t get their ass to bed

                                                • Nesto velazquez209
                                                  Nesto velazquez209  4 days back

                                                  Someone : hey what do you do for a living

                                                  Me : oh I just kill ants and invade their home

                                                  • Pundrik Upadhyay
                                                    Pundrik Upadhyay  5 days back

                                                    Wish everyone made same the way you do ,without any irritating music and unnecessary effects. That sound of soil with shove and equipments make it so engaging.

                                                    • Jemimah D. M. McGEE
                                                      Jemimah D. M. McGEE  7 days back

                                                      Those!ants!put!in!work!!!

                                                      • Saloni parashar
                                                        Saloni parashar  1 weeks back

                                                        Awesomee

                                                        • Scott Bon
                                                          Scott Bon  1 weeks back

                                                          Wish they would do this to Sovereign Citizens while they sit in their cars and have their windows cracked open

                                                          • moneyman stan
                                                            moneyman stan  1 weeks back

                                                            imagine doing this with silver or gold

                                                            • Tom Smith
                                                              Tom Smith  1 weeks back

                                                              They never knew what hit them...

                                                              • Kaylee Hopper
                                                                Kaylee Hopper  1 weeks back

                                                                miny volcano

                                                                • Kenzie Burke
                                                                  Kenzie Burke  1 weeks back

                                                                  i’m watching all of these videos mainly jus to hear the roots break

                                                                  • Tiauna Pratt
                                                                    Tiauna Pratt  1 weeks back

                                                                    Low key asmr lmao

                                                                    • stefanniestar
                                                                      stefanniestar  2 weeks back

                                                                      That's dope as hell!!

                                                                      • IBella Pacheco
                                                                        IBella Pacheco  2 weeks back

                                                                        Who just thought "hey Imma go pour metal into an ant hill and see what it does."

                                                                        • Chase null
                                                                          Chase null  3 days back

                                                                          Probably not a black person

                                                                      • Nasshole Ballshit
                                                                        Nasshole Ballshit  2 weeks back

                                                                        Imagine that aluminium being transparent..

                                                                        • Deb Craig
                                                                          Deb Craig  2 weeks back

                                                                          Do you ever sell the ant castings ?

                                                                          • Earth Man
                                                                            Earth Man  2 weeks back

                                                                            How did you get the ants to move out?

                                                                          • Moser Sebastian
                                                                            Moser Sebastian  2 weeks back

                                                                            I find it scary that 65'000 people like what you do. You can not change anything there anyway. I think the display of the destruction of living things should be punished. after all, even 12000 did not like it.

                                                                            • Charles in charge.
                                                                              Charles in charge.  2 weeks back

                                                                              Looks like Oklahoma.

                                                                              • De LaMar
                                                                                De LaMar  2 weeks back

                                                                                This guy clearly has a casting problem...Intervention needed :D

                                                                                • Stuart L
                                                                                  Stuart L  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Ant enviromentalist " we face a severe threat from ground warming " ..colony laughs...the next day

                                                                                  • chandra kishtawal
                                                                                    chandra kishtawal  2 weeks back

                                                                                    This is not art.. This is cruelty.

                                                                                    • TGCXavier
                                                                                      TGCXavier  1 weeks back

                                                                                      There was no ants in the hill

                                                                                    • Victor_D
                                                                                      Victor_D  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Do you have any idea how many insects are killed every minute in ordinary pest control? This is not worse; actually, it's probably faster than insecticides, which are basically neurotoxins for insects.

                                                                                  • daveash213
                                                                                    daveash213  2 weeks back

                                                                                    How did I get here? lol
                                                                                    Good though. 👍🏻

                                                                                    • Brit Giv
                                                                                      Brit Giv  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I hate ants. I love this.

                                                                                      • Alex Gaming
                                                                                        Alex Gaming  3 weeks back

                                                                                        This is what the internet does when they are bored

                                                                                        • funny stuff
                                                                                          funny stuff  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Name that shoe? 😅