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Time lapse of ants invading a document scanner

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 09, 2012

François Vautier installed an ant colony in his scanner and scanned it each week for five years. This is the resulting time lapse video:

Five years ago, I installed an ant colony inside my old scanner that allowed me to scan in high definition this ever evolving microcosm (animal, vegetable and mineral). The resulting clip is a close-up examination of how these tiny beings live in this unique ant farm. I observed how decay and corrosion slowly but surely invaded the internal organs of the scanner. Nature gradually takes hold of this completely synthetic environment.

(via ★colossal)

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