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http://www.ggarts.com/ 450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N Gloria Garfinkel New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.643.9545 Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto The artist Motoi Yamamoto’s sister died when she was twenty-four of a brain tumor. In the Japanese tradition of honoring her, Motoi Yamamoto devised an extraordinary artwork in her memory. Mark Sloan, Director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina invited Motoi Yamamoto to the ‘Spoleto Festival USA’ to do a memorial for his sister at the Museum. Using 400 pounds of ordinary Morton’s table salt and the Halsey‘s dark floor, in fourteen days, using just a simple squeeze bottle you might find on a counter at a local diner, Motoi completed a very large, magnificent and ethereal work of art. Its beauty could make you wish it would last forever. http://www.ggarts.com/ 450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N Gloria Garfinkel New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.643.9545 Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto You can watch the artist at work on YouTube and marvel at how tiny crystals can be transformed. On the afternoon of July 7, hundreds of people, many of them children, went to the Halsey Institute for the public dismantling ceremony of the salt painting. Everyone happily and regretfully took some of the salt and returned it to the sea while at the same time cherishing the memory of its beauty in the form of a painting. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation, including stops in Los Angeles, California, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Monterey, California. Photo Credit: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art NYC Contemporary Art | New York Contemporary Art | Modern Art New York