by Jill Fehrenbacher
For those of us who live in big cities (i.e. most of the Inhabitots writers), nature can sometimes feel like a distant thing. Those of us grew up in rural/suburbia or who went camping frequently as children may have had plenty of experiences with ant colonies, but many kids living in cities today don't get this type of close encounter with nature anymore. If they do try to bring a messy pet or science project into their cramped city apartment, their parents aren't likely to be too thrilled. Happily, designers Hugh Hayden and Katie Vitale have attempted to solve this problem, by creating a wonderful series of ant farm artworks that merge a city parent's arty aesthetic with the nerdy science-fair goodness of an old-fashioned ant farm.