Framed Ant Farms for your Wall or Desktop
“FRAMEicariums” are framed ant farms by Hugh Hayden and Katie Vitale. The ants need to be fed dry oatmeal once a day (one quarter of a grain per 15 ants), and the colony can live up to 3-4 months.
Notes about the “FRAMEicariums” from creators:
FRAMEicariums are the ant-farms of your childhood reimagined into a living work of art that showcases the geological excavations of the tunnels formed by Harvester Ants. Unlike a conventional ant farm, this community is displayed as a designed centerpiece on a wall or desktop. The FRAMEicarium is constantly changing and active. It demonstrates the elegant performance of everyday tasks and behaviors of an ant community.
Stemming from the word formicarium (the scientific term for the enclosure of ant colonies), the FRAMEicarium showcases the ant ecosystem in a repurposed picture frame.
FRAMEicariums use a vivid spectrum of color-coordinated schemes made of sand, Plexiglas and salvaged picture frames. A Plexiglas viewing box is inserted into the frame and punctured to allow air and feeding holes. Easily removable, the viewing box can be cleaned and replaced with new sand and ants when necessary.
The frames are repurposed found objects from Brooklyn and the surrounding boroughs. Additionally as pets and as an educational tool FRAMEicariums expose both children and adults to the complexities, fragility, and responsibilities necessary to maintain an ecosystem. FRAMEicariums expose viewers to the temporal life cycle of the worker ant.
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