Best Of 2013

Best Use of Salt in a Visiting Exhibit
Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto

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Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto spent a total of 85 hours creating the "Floating Garden" salt installation, which was completed for the Mint Museum Uptown's atrium and then quickly and publicly dismantled within days in March. Inspired by the death of his sister, Yamamoto travels the world doing these installations, which have just as much meaning as they do sodium. They resemble landscapes, terrains, galaxies, labyrinths, Doppler radar images of storms, crochet patterns and/or interconnected cells. But they also remind us of the impermanence of life - something that, when contemplated, can teach us not to sweat the small stuff. It's also a healthier way to have a relationship with salt.

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