Better be careful where you step when viewing Motoi Yamamoto’s sculptural artwork. He is the Japanese artist who creates elaborate and incredibly large detailed mazes made of salt.
This sculpture below uses 2,200 pounds of salt that is carefully distributed from the back corner moving forward as to not disturb the groundwork. I was touched by his personal reason for using salt in his creations. His sister died of a brain tumor and he uses salt to honor her memory, as salt in Japan is symbolic for purification and mourning. It must take a meditative state to have patience over 50 hours and 5 days to create such artistic labors of love.
Once the exhibit is finished, Yamamoto encourages viewers to take the sand and redistribute it elsewhere like the sea or the soil or where it will aid in nutrients for new life.
Yamamoto’s work brings a whole other level to Japanese style rake work, which is what his work reminds me of, in Zen gardens.
Perhaps a painted crab shell, a salty creature that probably could adeptly meander through this maze and ties in Monday’s aquatic sea-life murals to salt, might be a worthy prize for such an accomplishment.
I have collected some crab shells, but for their natural beauty. Who knew they could become an artist’s canvas. Strangely interesting.
I have forgotten about how much I like Pure Cult’s song when I came across She Sells Sanctuary in my search for music to Kick Start the Weekend. The title reminded me of children’s rhyme She Sells Seashells….