Motoi Yamamoto does not believe in using a pinch of salt. For him nothing less than 2,000 pounds of salt will do the trick. That is how much salt, on average, the Japanese artist requires in creating his breathtaking food art masterpieces.
His latest design - a series of elaborate mazes and floor paintings - currently exhibited at the Fondation Espace Ecureuil gallery in France. Motoi used plastic squeeze bottles to delicately sprinkle his salt designs on the floor, an elaborate process which took five days to complete, a total of 50 hours and 2,200 pounds of salt.
Motoi's salt installations, which have been on tour around the world since 2001, have a personal meaning for him. In Japan, salt is symbolic of purity and in linked to mourning a loved one's death. Motoi began working with salt after suffering the loss of his sister to brain cancer when she was in her early 20s.
Aside from being beautiful, his unique masterpieces are also sustainable. After every exhibit, Motoi ensures that the salt is returned to the sea. "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," Motoi states on this website.
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