Salt sculptures by Motoi Yamamoto

 Images Blog 2009 12 Mo7
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto sculpts with salt. Hi-Fructose interviewed Yamamoto about his incredibly-intricate, yet temporary, installations. From Hi-Fructose:
 Images Blog 2009 12 Mo9 Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life beyond time and space. Moreover, especially in Japan, it is indispensable in the death culture. After my sister's death, what I began to do in order to accept this reality was examine how death was dealt with in the present social realm. I posed several related themes for myself such as brain death or terminal medical care and picked related materials accordingly. I then came to choose salt as a material for my work. This was when I started to focus on death customs in Japan. In the beginning, I was interested in the fact that salt is used in funerals or in its subtle transparency. But gradually I came to a point where the salt in my work might have been a part of some creature and supported their lives. Now I believe that salt enfolds the メmemory of livesモ. I have thus had a special feeling since I started using it as a material.
Video after the jump.