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Motoi Yamamoto‘s incredible art uses salt, a compound that is essential to life. It’s no wonder that Yamamoto picked salt as his medium of choice; in Japanese culture, salt is not only a symbol of life, but purification. After losing his sister to brain cancer, salt seemed the ideal way for Yamamoto to purify his world and celebrate her life—as well as his own.
The images in the gallery above showcase the methodical nature that characterizes Motoi Yamamoto’s salt art. The first two images are part of an exhibition this month at Radium gallery in Tokyo; the remainder are from prior exhibitions.