Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MOTOI YAMAMOTO – FLOATING GARDEN


Motoi Yamamoto, Japanese artist – creates LARGE scale, temporary and super intricate salt labyrinths capable of turning the averages person’s patience into a OCD mess. Completely and totally mind boggling stuff!

Salt, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, is used in funeral rituals and by sumo wrestlers before matches. It is frequently placed in small piles at the entrance to restaurants and other businesses to ward off evil spirits and to attract benevolent ones. Motoi forged a connection to the substance while mourning the death of his sister, at the age of twenty-four, from brain cancer, and began to create art out of salt in an effort to preserve his memories of her. His art radiates an intense beauty and tranquility, but also conveys something ineffable, painful, and endless. (x)

Yamamoto forged a connection to the substance while mourning the death of his sister at the age of twenty-four from brain cancer, and began to create art out of salt in an effort to preserve his memories of her.

See the time lapse video: 

Titled “Floating Garden” the piece was created over several weeks from February through March before an crowd of attendees was permitted to destroy it.

Who better to destroy stuff than… Children?!

Artist’s statement:

“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 to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory.”

Photos by James Martin, The Mint Museum

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