Motoi Yamamoto awed us with his salt maze floor installations. This month, he takes it a level higher, with a crumbling staircase, also of salt.
Salt has a special place in Japanese death rituals because it is handed out at funerals and sprinkled to ward off evil. Salt also holds great personal bearing to Yamamoto because of his sister’s tragic death at an old age.
This piece, called Utsemi, is also sentimental to the Japanese population and all of the nations who have experience devastating earthquakes. Blocks of salt are stacked on top of each other to form a flight of stairs and crumbles at an earthquake.
And at that moments it resonates both with the major Japanese earthquake and the importance of slat in funerals.
This moving been presented numerous times and it has even made it to P.S. 1 New York.