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Artist creates amazing display with table salt

Artist Creates Amazing Display With Table Salt

A unique art display is being crafted at Weber State University in Ogden.

It resembles the image of a tropical storm, similar to what you would see on a satellite shot during a weather forecast. But the intricate piece of work is being crafted with ordinary table salt.

It is the vision of internationally claimed artist Motoi Yamamoto, and its title is "Floating Garden."

"We became aware of the work and we thought the connection to the Great Salt Lake, to our culture and economy around here would make it a perfect fit for us," said Visual Arts Department Chair Matt Choberta.

Yamamoto has meticulously spent more than 10 hours a day for the past week on the floor of Weber State's College of Arts and Humanities carefully crafting his vision.

In Japanese culture, salt is often used as a healing agent to aid in dealing with grief, a process Yamamoto knows all to well since the death of his sister.

"My sister died by brain cancer, brain tumor, in 1994," he said.

The Morton Salt Company was so moved by Yamamoto's idea, it donated more than 250 pounds of their famous product to use as his artistic medium.

The artwork will remain on display at Weber State for all to see until April 12, before its disbursement into the Great Salt Lake.

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Joan March 09 2014 at 11:01 PM

The man is creative and seems to enjoy his talent for art. He shouldn't be chided for it, leading one to speculate the age of some of the posters, LOL! If the Morton Salt Company was moved by his craft, who are we to judge.

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sulandherb March 09 2014 at 1:55 PM

all that time and effort, and then it's gone....how about pourng resin over it and making it permanent?

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hpycmpr155 sulandherb March 09 2014 at 3:11 PM

Noooo The fact that is gone in an instant is what makes it amazing.
You just don't get it.

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Daryle March 09 2014 at 8:37 PM

I'm waiting for the janitor to walk in and start sweeping it up...oops !

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hedunlap Daryle March 10 2014 at 1:32 AM

That happened somewhere a week or two ago, when a cleaning crew cleaned up what they thought was a partially eaten cookie and crumbs. They cleaned it up and it cost them about $15,000 for destoying the "artists" display.

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gudtip March 09 2014 at 3:10 PM

that is a lot of work, but seeing this man at work he is enjoying it every second of time, and it is beautiful. and yes salt is good.

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kmcc895370 March 09 2014 at 7:42 AM

let's hope some damn little kid whose parent is too busy on the cell phone to control it, doesn't run across it and ruin it.

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IBruzEZ March 09 2014 at 7:44 AM

Such dedication is amazing.

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kmcc895370 March 09 2014 at 7:40 AM

For anyone interested pick up the DVD titled Wheel of Time. It documents the creation of a beautiful, intricate colored sand mandala by followers of the Dalai Lama for a festival. After being viewed by many thousands some who travel from far away, the sand is swept up and ceremoniously poured into a river.

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deadlyrockerb5 March 09 2014 at 5:38 AM

Simply Brilliant by all Artistic Standards :). The Japanese are truly innovative - way ahead of all :)

Hats off to Motoi Yamamto and wish him GREAT LUCK in all his creative ventures ahead.

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mig226 March 09 2014 at 11:46 AM

And I thought I had nothing useless to do!

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Shawna March 09 2014 at 3:56 PM

He must have a very steady hand.... Really creative.....After he's done he might have a little soft shoe lol...

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