– This is an ongoing art project by Horace Zeng and Eva Guo –
Ants are known to construct massive and underground elaborate nests. The excavation of large subterranean nests requires collective efforts to pick up and transfer soil particles.
This behavior breaks down to the simple action series of picking up an object, carrying the object to the desired location, and putting the object down.
Intriguingly, it turns out that ants will put objects in place for various conditions, one of which is paving sticky surfaces, perhaps to facilitate walking.
We induce fire ants to cover up a vaseline spread canvas with certain materials. The result, as well as the process itself, is quite eye-catching.