Israel’s Dead Sea is known for its extreme levels of salinity. Its name comes from the fact that the water is so salty,there’s barely any aquatic life there.
However, it’s been a popular health resort and tourist destination since Roman times, and to this day, it is a must-see for those traveling in Israel.
The Dead Sea is mainly known for the health and beauty-aiding properties of its mineral-rich salt. Just like the now-popular Himalayan pink salt, people have sworn by Dead Sea salt as a cure for all kinds of ailments. But it’s not usually associated with art.
Andthat’s where artist Sigalit Landau comes in.
The Israeli artist grew up looking at the Dead Sea from her childhood home, and it’s become a major theme in many of her artistic works. “It’s like meeting a different time system, a different logic, another planet,” she says of the salty waters.
While her artwork takes many different forms, one of her favorite things to do is to turn everyday objects like clothing, shoes, and cloth into sparkling and mysterious sculptures by submerging them in the Dead Sea and letting them become completely encrusted with salt crystals.
One such project isSalt Bride, which uses a replica of a 1910 gown that was left in the Dead Sea for threemonths, gradually acquiring a thick coating of salt crystals, turning the black fabric into white mineral.
Check it out below, and see how beautiful salt can really be!