Artist submerges 19th century dress in the Dead Sea for two years

The Dead Sea is dying

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 is not Landau's first work involving the Dead Sea, which is famous for its high salt content. Her 2014 piece, DeadSee, shows her floating naked in the sea amongst 500 watermelons.

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

Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride
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Sigalit Landau's Salt Bride

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