Temporary insects observatory

Summer is a time of the year when the habitat becomes active again and people often engage in outdoor activities due to warm temperatures. A warm climate also has a strong effect on insect habitat and activity. When you reach the Posthorn ponds, you can see birds relaxing on the water and insects active among the reeds. With the influx of water from the summer rains, the water surface is closer to your feet and the reed field grows taller than most people. The warmth of the sunrays makes the plants bloom and the creatures around the water come out and explore their surroundings. Anyone who comes to the Posthorn ponds through my installation can observe the inhabitants of this habitat during the most active weather time of the year.

video of Seong’s presentation
student:Seong Heum Na
project:(con)temporary crust
Location of inspiration:Posthornteiche, Halle

Material:sand, casein
Method of manufacturing:compression moulding

Temporal aspect:

The insect hotel last as long as the insects.

full concept text

After visiting the site, it turned out that they are of anthropogenic origin. The two ponds located in the north of Halle around the station “Frohe Zukunft” are called Posthorn Ponds. Until 1961, lignite was mined underground in the “Frohe Zukunft” mine in the north of the city. After the pumps, which prevented the water in the mine from filling up, were switched off, the process of creating the ponds as they are today accelerated. Thus, the large and the small post horn ponds were created. Both ponds were formed by collecting groundwater and rainwater from sinkholes.
I decided to explore this place since it was not too far from my home. As I was driving down the road, I heard birds chirping from my left and came to a spot where I could see the beautiful sight of this post horn pond through divided bushes. The circumference of the pond was about 1 km and the water surface was iridescent from the reflection of sunlight, and there were lush reeds around it as if the pond had existed for a long time.
I walked the path around the pond and observed the terrain. The entrance to the east was covered with dead reeds and dead plants to a depth of at least 10 inches. To the north, the reeds were denser. The reeds were as stiff as thin branches, making close observation difficult. To the south, I found mud of various colors and large patches of moss. Each place had different topography and the plants and insects living there were also different. 
Eventually I wanted to go west and explore the area, but that was not possible. The road from north to west was overgrown with reeds and it was impossible to cross, and the road from south to west was impossible to enter due to private property.

Ultimately, it was impossible to observe all the topography around the pond. I wanted to observe everything in the pond, so I had a great desire to observe the west side of the pond. Even when I zoomed in on the camera, I could only see the lush reeds and the trees behind them, but nothing else.
The idea of the ‘insect hotel’ theme was to bring a special feature to a compact location, to see the commonalities of this region in one place. The ,insect hotel’ would then be installed on the side of a tree at one of the largest entrances near the road, so that it would be easy to find when visitors came to observe it. The bait for the insect would be installed in the insect hotel and would be able to attract the living resident of that area.
This “insect hotel” simply had to be moulded to make the shape from a mould using my own mixture of soil found at this location and casein. This mould was first sketched on paper, then I used Fusion 360 to create it as a 3D model. The model from Fusion 360 was then printed using a 3D printer to make a mould out of the plaster. Finally, the mixture of soil and casein was dried after removing the compactly pressed mould from the plaster mould.
Since the mould of the “insect hotel” was made with casein and natural soil, decomposition would most likely occur in a short time. The time of summer is a time of the year when insects are most active. At this time of year when insects are most active, the insect hotel is now installed in the area. So that viewers and visitors to the post horn ponds can examine the ‘insect hotel’. After encountering natural rain, wind, sunlight and humidity, this ‘insect hotel’ would decompose when the hot weather of summer is over.