A perspective on german separation after 32 years of unity
The village of Sacrow is located on the former inner-German border – since we are dealing with soils in this project, I wondered what distinguishes the soil on this side of the former border from that on the other: I found nothing. So, I began to question boundaries per se, and discovered them everywhere here: to separate the private from the semi-public, the public, and above all one’s own from the other. These barriers function in different ways and altogether result in a place in which partial spaces are coupled precisely by the demarcations. These observations ultimately inspired me to create my temporary structure – a wall that first appears to be a fixed boundary, but is actually not one. I made “bricks” from a temporary, local material, which in combination form a somewhat solid, but light- and view-permeable wall. Over time, it decays and trapped seeds begin to germinate: The hostile wall becomes an inviting sprouting field of flowers.
|Location of inspiration:||Meedehorn (Sacrow) near Berlin|
|Material:||finely sieved sand, casein|
|Method of manufacturing:||3D printed mould, press moulding, oven drying|
|Temporal aspect:||decomposition on exposure to water – plant growth|