These intricate salt art patterns by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who dedicated days to create each individual work with table salt, are in turn the visual by-product of Yamamoto’s meditations on his loss — the works are his way of commemorating the memory of his late sister, who lost her life to brain cancer.
Not only does Motoi Yamamoto create these exceptional large-scale sculptures out of salt, he also insists that after every exhibition of his works, the salt be returned back to the ocean. Now that’s what call environmentally-friendly artwork. Of his unique approach, he says: ‘;Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by. However, what I seek is the way in which I can touch a precious moment in my memories that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. I always silently follow the trace, that is controlled as well as uncontrolled from the start point after I have completed it’.
Although using salt for art isn’t a new concept, Toronto-based artist Bashir Sultani sets himself apart when implementing the medium. The lovely Johnny Deep, Tupac Shakur, Al Pacino and Kanye West are just some of the celebrities featured in his Art with Salt series.