One man's seasoning is another man's medium

It's so hot in our apartment, I think the salt from my sweat could be enough for Motoi Yamamoto to create another one of his Labyrinth installations. (TMI? Sorry, but it's the truth.) I can't imagine the amount of patience and concentration this guy possesses in order spend around fifty hours creating these salt mazes. I can't even draw a maze on paper without it looking like a pile of spaghetti.

At the end of an exhibit, Yamamoto allows visitors to take the salt and throw it into the sea as part of a project he calls "Return to Sea". I love how he lets the salt to return to it's original place, with the hope of it one day coming back to him:  "The form as the work disappears. However, this salt dissolves in seawater and will support the life of various creatures. Possibly the opportunity when we eat it may come. Of course it is the best joy for me if it can meet again as material of the works." 

I think it would be amazing to see one of these installations in person. More than that, just having the chance to obliterate the work would be a bit heartbreaking but way too entertaining.

Click here to go to Yamamoto's website


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's crazy cool! Sorta reminds me of the people who spend hours upon hours setting up dominos, only to destroy it all

Brianna said...

That is breathtaking. I love temporal art. It's bitter sweet, but awesome at the same time. Like eating amazing food or getting to the end of LotR. I feel like it makes it that much more striking, because it doesn't last. There's a price that the audience feels, as well as the creator.