Giant ants will be taking over King Street in August, but it’s OK, they’re friendly.

Designed by artist Jeffrey Kennedy, the enormous and colorful sculptures will be unveiled Sat. Aug. 1 down in the market, and then each week they will make a move until they reach their final destination of the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood.

The idea for this event came about in 2003 at Piccolo Spoleto when Anne Lee, the founder of the organization Darkness to Light, saw the ant sculptures and instantly drew a connection between the ants and her ongoing campaign against child sexual abuse. The “strong little ants who move mountains carrying one grain at a time” reminded her of the way she ran her campaign against child sexual abuse by educating the public one person at a time.

By teaming up with Jeffrey Kennedy and the King Street Marketing Group, Ann and D2L hope others will see the larger-than-life ants and understand that even little guys can have a huge impact.

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