More on salt, way more



Novel ways of looking at salt. Part 2*

Cooking aside, Japanese culture is strong on rituals using salt.

Restaurateurs pour salt into cone-shaped piles at their front entrance to attract customers and to keep evil energy out.

Sumo wrestlers perform pre-match salt ceremonies, often with dramatic sprays in the air of the white stuff, to ward off opposing negative elements and to bring on a victory….

For artist Motoi Yamamoto, it was salt’s role in funeral ceremonials — particularly as a way to evoke memory — that made him take up sea salt as his primary material.

Using salt to build sculptures and most recently to draw intricate and elaborate designs with it on the floor of site-specific installations, Yamamoto keeps alive the memory of a younger sister lost to brain cancer. This exhibit is called “Return to the Sea.”

To involve everyone in this memory, as this travelling exhibit is about to close, he invites people to come and raze the work, taking away the salt to keep for themselves, if they like, or to return it to the sea, so that one day, says Yamamoto, he might eat fish with some of this salt in its making.

Below, a beautiful, short, mini docu about him and this stirring work.

* Part One