Artist submerges 19th century dress in the Dead Sea for two years
When combined, nature and manmade objects can create something beautiful. Israeli artist Sigalit Landau demonstrated just that when she submerged a nineteenth century dress in the Dead Sea for two years.
This new work is called Salt Bride. Landau worked in collaboration with photographer Yotam From. To achieve the photographs several feet under water, From had to weigh himself down with 150 pounds of weight.
The photographs are on display at the Marlborough Contemporary in London through the beginning of September. The project was inspired by a play called The Dybbuk, which is about a woman, Leah, who becomes possessed by a demon.
"In Landau's Salt Bride series, Leah's black garb is transformed underwater as salt crystals gradually adhere to the fabric," the Marlborough Contemporary wrote. "Over time, the sea's alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be."
PHOTOS: See the photographs and the dress once it was removed