Augathella Meat Ant sculpture

Meat Ant sculpture, Amanda Feher, public art, Augathella

Public Art: Augathella Meat Ant sculpture

Sculptor: © Amanda Feher

Sculptor's Website: www.amandafeher.com.au

Description: The Augathella Meat Ant sculpture features a 4.5m steel and copper ant climbing on a 7.5m long, 100 year old Bridge Beam from an area close by.

Date Unveiled: 2011

Location: The Meat Ant can be found at Meat Ant Park, Augathella, Murweh Shire, Queensland, Australia.

Meat Ant sculpture, Amanda Feher, public art, QueenslandHistory Behind the Augathella Meat Ant sculpture : Augathella became known as "Meat Ant Country" thanks to their local junior football team , the mighty Augathella Meat Ants. The towns folk originally nicknamed the team meat ants because they looked like little meat ants when they donned their blue and maroon jerseys and ran around the field. Or as the Murweh Shire website explains they are "fearless in their attack against their opponants."

In 2011 Amanda Feher was commissioned to construct a meat ant sculpture for the town's Meat Ant Park. She said it was really gratifying helping the local townsfolk finally bring their dream alive, 25 years after its inception. “When they watched the sculpture being erected, I asked them how they felt, they hugged me and cried tears of happiness, saying it was perfect”.

The sculpture is over three hundred times larger than a real meat ant.

Amanda Feher, Meat Ant sculpture, public art , AugathellaMeat Ant Trivia: The queen meat ant can run her colony for up to 15 years and it is not uncommon to have break away colonies.

The meat ants just love making tracks. Thousands stomp back and forth from their nest everyday, making an easy visible trail. For the less bright meat ants of the colony, a chemical is sprayed along the track so they don't get lost.

Some birds place meat ants in their feathers to protect themselves against parasites or bacterias. It is believed that the formic acid or a secretion produced by the meat ants acts as a deterent.

The meat ants are sometimes involved in border disputes with other rival colonies which is resolved by ritual fighting.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Amanda Feher for so kindly providing the images of your inspiring and touching work.

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