Cast #060 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #060 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #060
Created: 4/25/2014
Cast Weight: 5.4 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 8"x8"x12" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x6.5"x8.5" (HxWxL)

Mount: Bolt through base and cast
Orientation: Upside Down
This one of the smallest of the fire ant colony casts that I cast. Still, there is an amazing number of interconnected tunnels and chambers. It's similar to Cast #006 in size, but slightly less weight and more width to it than height. This one is mostly tunnels without many well defined chambers like some other casts have. The tunnel sticking out to the left stands out to me as an interesting feature of this cast as well as its wide and compact shape.
Base Description
The cast is displayed upside down from its natural orientation and is mounted to a basswood base. The cast is secured to the base with a bolt, which isn't possible with the larger casts. The only other fire ant colony cast which is mounted this way at this point is Cast #006. The finish is a Danish oil stain with no clear coat, giving it a nice natural look. The bottom of the base has four felt pads to protect the surface it is displayed on. A stainless steel plaque is mounted on the base engraved with the cast information.