Bleigiessen sculpture, by Thomas Heatherwick; it references the German New Year's Eve tradition of plumbomancy, or dropping molten lead into water and then predicting the future from any symbolic shapes formed. (Wellcome Trust) Heatherwick Studios, Bleigiessen Sculpture, Thomas Heatherwick, Wellcome Trust, Bleigiessen Heatherwick, Heatherwick Sculpture, Art Installations, Steel Wire, Installations Art
More than halfway through art school, Motoi Yamamoto's sister succumbed to brain cancer. The resulting grief prompted him to abandon his work in traditional painting in search of something more fundamental. Because salt is a funerary material in Japanese culture meant to help cleanse one of grief, it was a natural choice for the artist. Yamamoto uses salt in either loose form to create intricate labyrinth patterns on gallery floors or in baked brick form to construct large interior structures.