Motoi Yamamoto | Labyrinth

18 February, 2011

ARTIST Motoi Yamamoto
ARTWORK Labyrinth
LOCATION Fondation Espace Ecureil, France
DURATION Jan-Feb 2011
MATERIALS Salt

Motoi Yamamoto’s latest exhibition was held in a large brick tunnel in France’s Fondation Espace Ecureuil.  The artwork is titled Labyrinth, and is part of a series that has been presented across the globe since May 2001.  Yamamoto creates each installation by sprinkling salt onto the floor through a fine-nozzled plastic oil bottle. He begins at the back and works his way to the front to avoid standing on his creation. 

In Japan, salt is a symbol of purification and mourning. Yamamoto first began sketching with salt in honour of his sister, who died of brain cancer. His endless intertwined patterns create a sense of reverence and eternity.

Images via | Motoi Yamamoto

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