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Ant Trails , May 2012

by Bethany Kalk


Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton St. Omaha NE

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential Two

Additional Information: By intertwining the networks of constructed roadways in Omaha with ‘transport’ formations produced by insects – ant trails and bee honeycombs – Ant Trails is a visualization of the similarity and interconnection between human and natural realms of movement. It is always interesting to find out how submission ideas come into being; while Bethany was pondering her entry, she was babysitting her nieces and took them on a walk. They were overturning rocks on a hunt for insects to lessen their fear of “bugs.” Under many rocks were ant trails and the correlation became obvious; ants and humans transport food (and goods) with similar methods of networked systems. The honeycomb form of ‘food storage’ layers yet another important process into the overall image and idea. All these networks represented here at the same scale blurs the hierarchy of our often competing worlds and renders them equal in importance.

Union Mural , May 2014

by Bethany Kalk; Alicia Reyes McNamara


Mediums: Mural, Paint

Location: Downtown, Mid-Town; The Union for Contemporary Art | 2417 Burdette Street On Burdette Street, between 24th and 25th Streets

Owner: The Union for Contemporary Art

Additional Information: Reyes McNamara and Kalk collaborated on the mural while in Fellowship at The Union for Contemporary Art.

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