On Sunday, workers dismantled the Japanese artist Motoi Yamamotos temporary salt work at the Mint Museum Uptown.
Between Feb. 18 and March 2, the temporary large-scale work titled Floating Garden sat on display in the buildings atrium. The work formed a huge, churning spiral.
For Yamamoto, who is 47, it represents a way to reverse time. Yamamato lost his sister to brain cancer in 1994. After that, the internationally exhibited artist abandoned painting and began making floor installations of salt, a substance connected with mourning and cleansing in his native Japan.
I believe salt has the force to heal a grief, Yamamoto told the Observer recently.