Texas couple uses ant mounds to create unique works of art

Posted at 11:40 AM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 13:40:32-04

Most people tend to stay away from ant mounds, but one Texas couple is seeking them out.

The Gleasons, from Decatur, Texas, use ant mounds and aluminum to create unique sculptures. While their part of the projects is anything but easy, they will admit that the ants do most of the work.

To complete their unique works of art, the husband and wife team pour hot liquid aluminum into ant mounds. When the liquid metal cools, they dig up the ant mounds, rinse them off, and are left with unique, glimmering pieces of art.

When occasionally asked about destroying the ant colonies the Gleasons say, "All of these ants are on people’s property we’re already poisoning or going to be excavating, so they’d be destroyed anyway."

Each group of ants makes a different shaped colony, so all of the pieces are unique. The finished products can sell for anywhere from $50 to $1,500.