Inside the Psychedelic Ant Art at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium
From January 22 to June 10 2018, Fiske Planetarium will showcase the creative work of Jacob Lemanski, a former design engineer. The exhibit features eight massive, continuously changing ant farms put to a backdrop of selections from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The inspiration behind these meditative and dreamy installations, lies in Lemanski’s decision to quit his job and ride his bike 38,000 miles across the world (twice) over 999 days. During his trip, he discovered the art in solitude, self-reliance, and mindfulness. Upon returning, he felt compelled to build something that was personal to his journey and his newfound views of himself and the world around him.
Thus, “Ant Space” was born.
Created as an homage to the constantly changing horizon of Lemanski’s journey, “The scene evolves at the pace of sprouting seeds and digging ants. It cannot be hurried nor can it be stopped.” And the result is an experience as meditative and calming as it is stimulating and eccentric.
Each Ant Space is for sale, and there is an option for a customizable piece.
You too can play a role in the evolving nature of the ant farms. Add seeds and ants to sculpt its journey. Control the lights with a smartphone or tablet. Touch the glass for a more reactive light display. Use colored sand to create your own art and watch as the ants naturally smear and scatter the colors outward.
CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium has been a platform for art, music, culture, and science for over 40 years. As a venue meant to serve the progressive and radical backdrop of Boulder, Colorado, Fiske rarely falls short. With a repertoire of events ranging from Lady Gaga Laser Shows to live scientific talks about the moon, Fiske has asserted itself as a haven for the wonderers, the diggers, and the incessant curiosities of the world we subside in.