Co-produced by The Invisible Dog, The Ant Project is an installation including a giant sculpture of an ant wearing a hat as well as a participatory component, which invites the public to record Desnos’ Ant poem into their own native language.
The ant sculpture is made of a steel structure, four inflatable elements attached to the structure and a foam hat. The steel structure is designed and fabricated with the help of Juan Alfara who worked on Louise Bourgeois Spider sculpture. The inflatable elements are being made by Aerostar, the company that build Murakami’s giant balloons at the Rockefeller Center in 2005.
Behind the playfulness of the poem lurks a dark reality. Desnos used the metaphor of a giant ant to describe the trains used during the Second World War to deport Jews and Nazi opponents to concentration camps. Tragically Desnos himself, a member of the French Resistance Movement, died in a concentration camp a couple of years after he wrote the poem.
The goal of the project is to bring The Ant in different communities around the city and different countries around the world.
For more information, visit www.theantproject.info