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    Motoi Yamamoto's salt sculpture, Charleston 2012

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    churning ocean froth manifests as salt in Floating Garden, an installation from Return to the Sea: Salt works, a solo show by Motoi Yamamoto at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC, USA. May–July 2012. Yamamoto creates intricate temporary installations using salt. via @Maria Canavello Mrasek Popova

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Salt sculptures by: Motoi Yamamoto Toulouse 2011. Photo by: Makoto Morisawa.

Enormous, breathtaking salt sculptures by Japanese Motoi Yamamoto

salt sculptures by Japanese Motoi Yamamoto

Enormous, breathtaking salt sculptures by Japanese Motoi Yamamoto

It was the death of Motoi Yamamoto‘s sister that led to his career in salt installations. Motoi had worked in a dockyard for much of his 22 years. But after his sister’s untimely passing at the age of 24 due to brain cancer, he began thinking about what he had and lost, and prolifically producing art work much like a diary.

Salt installations by artist Motoi Yamamoto

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.

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates epic artworks/installations by making patterns using salt.

Motoi Yamamoto uses salt to design unfathomably intricate -- and deeply personal -- floor sculptures.

Salt Labyrinth Installation by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto