The picture above, which looks like an expensive coat that no one can afford is the creation of Israeli artist Sigalit Landau. As part of her Salt Bride project, she submerged a 19th-century dress in the Dead sea for two years, resulting in an artistic masterpiece–a salt crystal-covered dress.
The salt crystal-covered dress is one of Sigalit Landau’s masterpieces as of yet. The Israeli artist has always had a fascination for the Dead sea. This could, in part be owed to the fact that she grew up on a hill that overlooks the Judean desert and the northern part of the Dead sea.
Some of her iconic works involving the Dead sea include; a video portrait of herself floating on the lake with a string of 500 watermelons, a salt sculpture of a violin, bicycles, fishing nets covered in the salt crystals.
The salt crystal-covered dress is part of an exhibition of her project titled, ‘ Salt Bride’. It shows the gradual crystallization of a 19th-century dress which was weighted down to the floor of the dead sea.
Landau’s salt bride was inspired by a play, The Dybbuk by S.Ansky. The play was about a young woman who was possessed by an evil spirit. Afterwards, the young woman was exorcised. The black dress which was a symbol of death and madness became the intended wedding dress.
Leaving the dress under the Dead sea caused salt crystals to adhere to the fabric over time. In order to take the shots showing the gradual process through which the black dress became the wedding dress, Landau employed the services of photographer Yotam From. The photographer had to wear over 150 pounds of extra weight in order to be submerged into the sea. The salt quotient of the Dead sea causes every object placed on it to float, even humans.
The 8 photos of the salt crystal-covered dress can be viewed at the Marlborough Contemporary in London through September 3, 2016.