In her series Salt Bride, artist Sigalit Landau submerged a black mourning dress into the Dead Sea. The result? Something straight out of a fairytale.
Back in 2014, the Israeli artist explored her fascination for the famously hypersaline salt lake by plunging a black gown and leaving it there for three months. Over the course of those months, Landau’s team went back periodically to document the transformation as sparkling salt crystals clung to the garment.
“It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace,” Landau said of the final product, a piece of clothing seemingly made of an otherworldly fabric.
The dress, inspired by a traditional garment worn in the film The Dybbuk, became so heavy that it couldn’t be lifted out of the water, leaving behind fragments up to this day. So instead, Landau created a separate sculpture, a bridesmaid’s dress with the same effect.
Landau’s love for the Dead Sea also resulted in an earlier project, wherein she released 500 floating watermelons and floated naked with them.
Salt Bride is currently on exhibit at Marlborough Contemporary in London.