A.N.T. Farm

A.N.T. Farm

Ant Farm was an avant-garde architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design practice, founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. In addition to their architecture works, the collective was well known for their counter-cultural performances and media events, such as Media Burn. A fire destroyed their studio in 1978, and they disbanded.

About A.N.T. Farm

Ant Farm was an avant-garde architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design practice, founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. The name was given to them by a friend to whom they had described what they were doing as underground architecture, taking the name literally she responded, oh underground architecture is what ants do! Eventually, Lord and Michels were joined by Hudson Marquez and Curtis Schreier. The group was a self-described 'art agency that promotes ideas that have no commercial potential, but which we think are important vehicles of cultural introspection.' In addition to their architecture works, the collective was well known for their counter-cultural performances and media events, such as Media Burn. Their installation, Cadillac Ranch, remains an icon of American popular culture. Ant Farm disbanded in 1978 when a fire destroyed their San Francisco studio. Doug Michels went on to design the unbuilt statue The Spirit of Houston.