by Ariadna Zierold
New York based artist Brad Troemel loves ants and internet tutorials. Brad created sculptures using a variety of Internet-learned skills, including casting underground ant colonies from DIY forged aluminum, creating handmade paper that can grow a garden and plexiglass ant farms, amongst other stuff.
His metal sculptures of ant colonies are made by pouring molten aluminum directly into an abandoned ant colony. The sculptures reveal the varying colony designs of different ant species, from simple branching nest of the carpenter ant to the complex colony of the fire ant.
The artist has also worked on a series of mid-size acrylic cases that hang perpendicularly to the wall. These shiny, translucent plastic objects glow with a variety of candy-colored hues, but are actually small colonies of infertile female harvester worker ants. The small insects chew their way through a nutrient-laden gel to create randomized tunnels.