Salt as Medium

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Motoi Yamamoto, ‘Bellevue’, salt, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
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Using salt as a medium, Yamamoto has meticulously sculpted an exquisite salt installation. It is one of many installations from the ‘Labyrinth Series’. Many of Yamamoto’s works resemble labyrinths or medical imagery of the brain.


Jonathan Schipper, ‘Detritus’, salt and 3-D printing in a boiler room, 2013  
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‘Detritus’, is a salt installation “where a custom-built, room-sized 3-D printer crafts a miniature world in decay. Set in a reclaimed boiler room turned gallery space, the robot is suspended from the 40-foot ceilings and deposits a specially formulated saline paste onto a 12 ton desert of salt, and is programmed to build a desolate landscape filled with ruined buildings, trashed tires, and discarded objects.”


David Dimichele, ‘Salt and Asphalt’, from ‘Pseudodocumentation Series’, lightjet print 2007
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“David DiMichele’s ‘Salt and Asphalt’ is part of “a series of large-scale photographs depicting grandiose installations in fantasy exhibition spaces. DiMichele creates this work by first building scale models of exhibition spaces, and producing original artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums, which are sited in the spaces and then photographed to create the final works.”


Ice as Medium

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Jim Denevan, ‘Drawing on Ice’, Lake Balkai, southwestern Siberia, 2010
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Jim Denevan and team created a nine square mile ‘ice drawing’ described as a “brilliant pattern . . . Russian pilots who initially refused to do a second pass of the project gave in after seeing how beautiful it was.” The project is a remarkable achievement in teamwork logistics and geometric precision in a remote and bitterly cold location.


Nele Azevedo, ‘1,000 Melting Men’, Gendarmenmarkt Square, Berlin, Germany, 2009
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The warmer months of Berlin provided appropriate temperatures for the ‘melting men’ installation. The impressive abundance of carved ice figures made their statement slowly melting and ceasing to exist. Nele Acevedo has re-created the installation internationally in the promotion of global concern for polar regions.


Andy Goldsworthy, ‘Ice Spiral (Tree Soul)’, Dumfries, Scotland, 1995
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‘Ice Spiral’ is an expression of Andy Goldsworthy’s ability to expose nature’s beauty in sensational form. In Scotland’s frosty winters, Goldsworthy dons fingerless gloves to create the icy fragile beauty of ‘land art’ sculptures on an intimate scale.


Iridescence 1

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Occurrence of iridescence in nature has inspired artists and architects to mimic the phenomenon with playful and entertaining works using man-made iridescent materials, at times cleverly enhanced by customized lighting. As angles of light change, disturbed refraction or interference of light causes subtle modifications to create changing displays of the rainbow colors of iridescence.


Oil slick reveals the colors of iridescence that capture the imagination.
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Hiro Yamagata, ‘Quantum Field X3,’ Installation, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, 2004
Man-made iridescence with laser beams projected on holographic panels of the two cube buildings.
Photo via guggenheim-bilbao 


The tiny squid’s symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria creates stunning iridescence.
Photo via otlibrary


SOFTlab, ‘Ventricle’ installation at Southbank Centre’s ‘London Festival of Love’, England
Solar-mirror film exhibits synthetic iridescence supported by aluminum framework.  
Photo via designboom


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