Cast #032 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #032 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #032
Created: 8/9/2013
Cast Weight: 18.2 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 16"x11"x12" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x11"x14" (HxWxL)

Mount: No mounting, cast sits on base
Orientation: Upside Down
This cast was auctioned on October 18, 2014 at a benefit for A Soldiers Wings, which helps US Military personnel and veterans. Online bids were allowed on their facebook page here.

This is a large fire ant colony cast, with only a few of my fire other casts being bigger by weight. It looks similar to other casts in the same weight range (Cast #045 and Cast #057), but is distinctly asymmetric from the front view compared to many of those. The cast has hundreds, if not thousands, of interconnected tunnels with many flat chambers that become more prominent deeper in the colony.
Base Description
The cast is displayed upside down from its natural orientation and is mounted to a basswood base. The base is basswood and stained with Danish Oil. There is no clear coat which I think gives it a great natural look. The base may have a few dings or other imperfections from the building process. The cast is not mounted directly to the base and must be placed on the base properly for it to look good. There are three cylindrical supports on the base which the cast sits on. Each support is marked with a small paint mark which corresponds to a colored paint mark on the bottom of the cast, which help you align the cast properly.