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Rafael Gomezbarros Creates Ant Installation To Protest Columbian Government

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Updated 04/11/2014 3:30pm
Rafael Gomezbarros Creates Ant Installation To Protest Columbian Government
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Gillian Horn

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Protests against government officials come in many forms. One of the creepiest --yet most effective--takes shape in enormous 2 foot-long ants. To compare, real ants barely measure one inch.  These man-made ants look as though they are swarming and invading, taking over government buildings and homes.
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  The sculptor behind this particular protest piece, Rafael Gomezbarros of Colombia, began this project in 2007 and has since created 1300 ants out of branches, fiberglass resin, and fabric.
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  The armies of ants represent the displacement of peasants due to war and strife, and are entitled “Casa Tomada,” or “Seized House.” This unconventional, frightening, yet beautiful symbolism is definitely a form of protest that is hard to forget.
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