Cast #025 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #025 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #025
Created: 5/31/2013
Cast Weight: 10.7 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 14.5"x10.5"x11" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x8"x10" (HxWxL)

Mount: No mounting, cast sits on base
Orientation: Upside Down
This is a small to medium sized fire ant colony cast. The structure of this cast is very unique because of the very large numbers of chambers, with fewer interconnected tunnels compared to the other casts I've done. You can see in the pictures that there are hundreds of flat pad-like chambers stacked on top of each other like the floors of a high rise building. The chamber heights vary, but generally the majority of them are close to 1/4". Another distinct feature, close to the base, on the back side of the cast where there are several tunnels that stick out from the main part of the cast. The aluminum came out dirtier than usual on this one, but it's still an amazing looking cast.
Base Description
The cast is displayed on an oval wooden base upside down from its natural orientation. This is a smaller base than is usually used. The finish on the base is Watco Danish Oil with no clear coat. The cast sits on three risers and is not mounted directly to the base. 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 containing information on the cast.