Enormous, breathtaking salt sculptures by Japanese Motoi Yamamoto

Date
6 August 2012
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1 minute read

There is definitely an otherworldly and entirely unique feeling that is evoked when stepping into a room that has been utterly transformed by an installation piece. In this case, the magical feeling is all thanks to Motoi Yamamoto, a Japanese artist who works exclusively with salt to create enormous patterns on to the floor of beautiful spaces. As well as intricate labyrinths of salt leading up to entire mountain ranges of the stuff, Motoi’s most impressive works are those that replicate the aesthetic of a foaming, whirlpooled ocean or a satellite’s view of a raging storm. The use of a medium so raw and connected with the earth and the human body yet also something we interact with on a daily basis makes for some truly powerful sculpture. If you live in LA catch his work in the flesh at Laband Art Gallery until December.

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Motoi Yamamoto. Bellevue 2012. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Charleston 2012. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Charleston 2012. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Cologne 2010. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Fukuoka 2005. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Fukuoka 2005. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Motoi Yamamoto, Toulouse 2011. Photography by Makoto Morisawa

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Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and worked across online, print and events, and was latterly Features Editor before leaving in May 2015.

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