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

  • 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:

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    Part 2 is here:

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Comments • 10 667

  • Goofballhero
    Goofballhero  1 months back

    Don’t care what any of these pansies say, fire ants suck big time. They’re extremely harmful to our environment and are aggressive, vicious little creatures. Our struggling society is full of easily offended and hurt man-children nowadays.

    • Tiberius Rubicon
      Tiberius Rubicon  3 days back

      No matter, it's really awful death.

    • Mark Palines
      Mark Palines  4 days back

      Well imo, your reason is kinda suck or rather your just trying to get the audience's favor. I would agree more if you just said that you've casted aluminum to fire ant colony because of your burning passion in Art.

      Telling that "They’re extremely harmful to our environment and are aggressive" is just hypocrisy.

    • Spicylemon1130
      Spicylemon1130  1 weeks back

      There is no way we are destroying the planet because everything happens for a reason. Nothing is really harmful to our planet.

    • Kirk Dave Vai
      Kirk Dave Vai  1 weeks back

      Pineapple on Pizza agree with you on that sister/brother... but I guess nothing we could do, technology I guess is slowly melting the earth nowadays... just saying... peace...

    • Ultra All Rogers
      Ultra All Rogers  1 weeks back

      kif fik they’re still alive. Well they were.

  • Rhianna P
    Rhianna P  14 hours back

    I mean like... I feel bad for the ants but like this is so cool.

    • Rahul Kashyap
      Rahul Kashyap  24 hours back

      You kill many ants in this experiment

      • LM Capiral
        LM Capiral  1 days back

        Poor ants

        • Steepa
          Steepa  2 days back

          imagine you and your whole family is getting killed by a guy who's showering aluminum into your home. rip

          • drakenpriest
            drakenpriest  2 days back

            Tutorial on how to make your own christmas tree.

            • Joseph Andrews
              Joseph Andrews  2 days back

              They should use this technique to cast major cities.

              • Rob Bob
                Rob Bob  2 days back

                How tf did I get this in me recommends!

                • John
                  John  2 days back

                  Only 3 ants were harmed in the making of this video

                  • Carter Tardiff
                    Carter Tardiff  3 days back

                    Is this the ant bully 2 or what?

                    • ابن العراق
                      ابن العراق  3 days back

                      لعنة الله عليك يا مجرم😬😬😬😬

                      • Dewayne White
                        Dewayne White  3 days back

                        The queen is in there somewhere!!!

                        • Antonia Kiekbach
                          Antonia Kiekbach  3 days back


                          • Temuulen Temka Temka 26

                            5:00 sky is look so beatiful

                            • DEVENDER KUMAR
                              DEVENDER KUMAR  3 days back

                              Who agree he/she killed innocent ant and like my comment

                              • maxx01leo
                                maxx01leo  3 days back

                                Me at start: these guys got too much time on hand....
                                Me at end: let's do this again....

                                • Shatabdi Das
                                  Shatabdi Das  4 days back

                                  Kyoun bechare chition ke Jaan le rahe ho. Raat mein katenge to mughe mat bolna

                                  • Gerardo Azofeifa
                                    Gerardo Azofeifa  5 days back

                                    So I haven’t seen any comments about it, but who else moved their phone around and noticed the molten aluminum seemed to moved like an optical illusion in the thumbnail?

                                    • prashams
                                      prashams  5 days back

                                      Hey douche, stop killing living creatures for making money

                                      • sourabh vyas
                                        sourabh vyas  5 days back

                                        I'd say immersing the cast in a bucket or a tub to wash would save water..

                                        • said elhachimi
                                          said elhachimi  6 days back

                                          ماخفتيش يضرب مك شي جن مخبي فدك الحفرة

                                          • Horror Bites
                                            Horror Bites  6 days back

                                            One day your house should be burn like this you moron

                                            • 으리미오
                                              으리미오  6 days back

                                              당신은 다음생에 개미로 환생

                                              • HTChamber
                                                HTChamber  6 days back

                                                Wait so im confused are these ants or is it dirt that in the metal

                                                • Random Persom
                                                  Random Persom  1 weeks back

                                                  Teacher: “hey what do you wanna do when your older?”

                                                  anthill art: “Kill.”

                                                • Nina Bové
                                                  Nina Bové  1 weeks back

                                                  Still stupid to go find an ant colony, fill it with aluminum fire, kill millions of lifes, wash it and say: "This is my new masterpice, I'm soo proud!" like you've drawing a Picasso.

                                                  • 大根
                                                    大根  1 weeks back

                                                    it‘s not stupid if it gets you 15 million views.

                                                • Nina Bové
                                                  Nina Bové  1 weeks back

                                                  Me when I first saw this: NO! How can someone do this thing, he kills millions of inocent lifes!
                                                  Me after 2 minutes: Horrible ... but cool ...
                                                  Me after 5 minutes: Now i know what i want for christmas ...

                                                  • Unnati roy
                                                    Unnati roy  1 weeks back


                                                    • Lillian kline
                                                      Lillian kline  1 weeks back

                                                      PETA steps on ants everyday

                                                      • SOMEBODYGOTSTOSAYIT Patterson

                                                        I don't know how I got here but thanks YouTube I guess🤔

                                                        • Mike Robinson
                                                          Mike Robinson  1 weeks back

                                                          Ant survivors are like now he brings us the water we needed it like last week.😀

                                                          • tae smellsbad
                                                            tae smellsbad  1 weeks back

                                                            what shoes are those?

                                                            • billy jack
                                                              billy jack  1 weeks back

                                                              It's not murder hes just turning all the ants into little Wolverines.

                                                              • Briana Decembert
                                                                Briana Decembert  1 weeks back

                                                                Oddly satisfying to watch

                                                                • ONCExTWICE lyric videos

                                                                  im amazed on the output but the way he do it is what I really hate.. ants are just like us people.. we fight to protect others..

                                                                  • Nash-annie mart-soto
                                                                    Nash-annie mart-soto  1 weeks back

                                                                    I never realized just how deep the colonies went!

                                                                    • Theresa Pillow
                                                                      Theresa Pillow  1 weeks back

                                                                      I swear our house was built on a giant anthill if I give you my address will you come make art out of them... think poltergeist only with ants

                                                                      • Denise Mccormick
                                                                        Denise Mccormick  1 weeks back


                                                                        • Leomariano Brasil
                                                                          Leomariano Brasil  1 weeks back

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                                                                            • IND HEADSHOT
                                                                              IND HEADSHOT  1 weeks back

                                                                              The same will happen to you and your family one day

                                                                              • Saradhi D
                                                                                Saradhi D  1 weeks back

                                                                                Did your Jesus told you to kill ants mercilessly for the sake of art.

                                                                                • Arthur Morgan
                                                                                  Arthur Morgan  16 hours back

                                                                                  @Saradhi D Probably, fire ants are vicious little bastards and harm everything around them

                                                                              • Quốc Hoàn Nguyễn
                                                                                Quốc Hoàn Nguyễn  1 weeks back

                                                                                Fuck the fire ant. I like this

                                                                                • Muhammad Abdullah
                                                                                  Muhammad Abdullah  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Where are animal rights associations ??

                                                                                  • TurdMan Jones
                                                                                    TurdMan Jones  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I guess you could say that the fire ants were on fire

                                                                                    • Ulrich Firelord
                                                                                      Ulrich Firelord  1 weeks back

                                                                                      But when I show people my plaster mold of a toddler, they say I'm a "psychopath". I'm sick of the double standards

                                                                                      • Joey Torres
                                                                                        Joey Torres  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Honestly what fucking waste of water on a ant hill

                                                                                        • Juan Hernandez
                                                                                          Juan Hernandez  1 weeks back

                                                                                          I wonder how much these sell for