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Ant Trails in Omaha / Design on Silo Banner
From Emerging Terrain: STORED POTENTIAL PROJECT IN OMAHA, NE http://emergingterrain.org/archives/587
“Bethany’s submission ‘Ant Trails’ caught the jury’s attention because of it’s multi-layered interpretation of Transport(ation). By intertwining the networks of constructed roadways in Omaha with ‘transport’ formations produced by insects – ant trails and bee honeycombs – the resulting image is a visualization of the similarity and interconnection between human and natural realms of movement. It is always interesting to find out how submission ideas come into being; while Bethany was pondering her entry, she was babysitting her nieces and took them on a walk. They were overturning rocks on a hunt for insects to lessen their fear of “bugs.” Under many rocks were ant trails and the correlation became obvious; ants and humans transport food (and goods) with similar methods of networked systems. The honeycomb form of ‘food storage’ layers yet another important process into the overall image and idea. All these networks represented here at the same scale blurs the hierarchy of our often competing worlds and renders them equal in importance.
Most Recent Mural, Commissioned By Arts Council of Indianapolis / Under NY St Bridge
82 x 10 Feet, Acrylic Paint / Completed October 2011