Motoi Yamamoto’s Intricate Salt Mazes

April 9, 2012  |   News,   World
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Motoi Yamamoto creates incredible sculptures and intricate mazes entirely out of salt. Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan. Yamamoto creates the amazing floor installations by filling a plastic bottle, usually used for machine oil, with white salt and then painstakingly sprinkling it on the floor.

The artist Yamamoto said: "Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by.” Image taken at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan

The story behind Yamamoto’s unusual technique is sad and tragic. He was a student at the Kanazawa College of Art when his younger sister died at aged 24, two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

To ease his grief and to honour his sister's memory, Yamamoto started working on these installations.

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