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Salt Labyrinths, where bad ants go when they die

by James on Feb.10, 2010, under colossal waste of time

This is the art of a crazy person. I doubt you’ll be seeing these in the Sunday paper next to the jumble.

Made by carefully moving individual grains of salt, Motoi Yamamoto painstakingly creates gigantic labyrinths as a way of accessing old memories deep inside his mind. He’s one of Japan’s most famous artists, and one of few (what? there’s more?) who work only with salt. He sits cross-legged for hours and hours, tracing his way through his own memories, claiming he can’t reach them until the labyrinth is complete. He also wears his deceased mother’s dirty socks and listens to John Cougar Mellencamp records. (Okay, so I made that last part up.) Here’s his site.

A former dock worker, Yamamoto believes in the cycle of life and insists that when his installations are complete, all the salt be returned to the ocean where it can continue it’s life.

Ever spill salt on the table in a restaurant, by accident or on purpose, and think to yourself, “Hey, this gives me an idea. I want to devote my life to making enormous mazes from salt that no one can solve and which will eventually make me go blind.” No. Because nobody decides their artistic medium is salt.

These photos aren’t ‘shopped. Sadly.

Now go draw something with a crayon like a regular person, and be thankful you’ve got all your marbles.

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