A dress left for two years in the Dead Sea underwent a stunning metamorphosis, transforming into a glittery masterpiece and captivating many.
In 2014, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau dropped the black gown into the Dead’s Sea’s salty waters as a part of her eight-part photo series “Salt Bride,” Bored Panda reports.
The name and project is inspired by an actress’s gown in a 1920s production of S. Ansky’s 1916 play “Dybbuk,” in which a woman becomes possessed by her dead lover.
Every three months, Landau said she checked on the dress to watch the gradual salt crystallization unfold.
Two years later, Landau removed the dress from the sea for all to behold its changed form.
When the formerly black dress emerged from the sea, it was covered in glittering white salt crystal, making it appear as if it were cloaked in diamonds.
The transformation was so stunning, it captured international attention.
“Can you imagine how this would feel on?” wrote one user on Shared’s Facebook page. “All slimy and sticky but looks pretty neat!”
Landau has long loved both salt and the Dead Sea, which many say will soon face its demise, Artsy reports.
“Salt heals, preserves, hides, kills,” Landau said as she explains her fascination with it. “This specific lake has myths and [pre]history all around its shores, stories of radicalism, Christianity, heroics, unbelievable agriculture — and it is a border as well, so the behaviour of salt and the natural environment is highly metaphoric, and keeps changing direction as I experiment.”
Landau says she uses the Dead Sea often in her work to highlight its environmental, geographical, historical and spiritual importance.
“I hope so,” she responds when asked if she considers herself activist. “Despite the extremely hard conditions and shifting of the ground … I am very much committed to this place and the ideas and experiences that activate me year after year.”
The artist is currently working on her next project titled “Salt Route Bridge,” a floating bridge symbolically connecting Israel and Jordan.