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.
FRAMEicariums are a nostalgic element of childhood elevated into a contemporary designed object that appeals to both children and adults.
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FRAMEicariums are the ant-farms of your childhood re-imagined into a living work of art that showcases the geological excavations of the tunnels formed by Harvester Ants. Created by Hugh Hayden & Katie Vitale, 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.
May 19 13 @ 5:16 PMIron & Wine at The Capitol Theatre
May 20 13 @ 5:32 PMTom Petty & the Heartbreakers
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery