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Larger-Than-Life Ants Greet Visitors to PBIA

For immediate release on: Date: September 20, 2006
Contact: Public Affairs, 561-355-2754

The next time you use the Park & Ride lot at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA), you will drive by an amusing new art exhibit installed on September 18 and 19. As part of Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program, a colony of very large painted-bronze ants has been temporarily placed in an open grassy field near the entrance to the parking lot. These animated creatures appear anatomically correct with antennae and even eggs.

The largest ant, the queen, weighs 7,500 pounds and is more than 25 feet long and seven feet tall. The four smaller ants weigh approximately 900 pounds each.

The “Ant Colony,” previously on display in Wellington, took about one year to build. The artist, Susan P. Cochran from Palm Beach, hopes the exhibit will bring smiles to the faces of visitors to the airport. Cochran has been working with bronze for several years and has a life-like piece titled, “After the Fire,” on display at the New York City Fire Department Museum.

The “Ant Colony” will be on display at PBIA until September 2007.


Some touching-up of scratches is achieved with a brush and shoe polish.


Artist Susan P. Cochran (left) and Art in Public Places Administrator Elayna Toby Singer stand before the queen.


The installation required each ant to be lowered and carefully placed by a crane. Small concrete pavers were used below each leg to prevent sinking and facilitate lawn maintenance.


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