Illustration for article titled This Beautiful Map of Rotterdam Is Actually a Gigantic Ant Farm

People love watching ants scurry about while they frantically live their lives, that’s why we still trap them in tiny farms. But it’s hard to feel bad for the ants living inside this giant map of Rotterdam created by design shop Studio 1:1. It’s like the Palace of Versailles for insects.


The ants who call the map home are actually able to dig their own paths throughout the two-dimensional city, they’re not limited to the pre-existing streets and canals that already define its layout. It’s like they get to become tiny little urban planners, but every last decision is based on survival, not if park space would look lovely on this corner. So maybe we can learn something from them. [designboom]

Photos by Ossip

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