Motoi Yamamoto sculpts large-scale installations created from salt, tiny lines carefully arranged on the floor of galleries and museums. In his newest exhibition named “Univer’sel,” Yamamoto has built two pieces in a 13th-century medieval castle in Aigues-Mortes, placed in the south of France.
The first piece, ‘Floating Garden,” is placed in a circular room, looking like whirling clouds or thick ocean foam. Without a walkway it is difficult to view the piece up close, viewers only able to view Yamamoto’s labor from afar. The second piece, “Labyrinth” is established in a stone passageway within the castle’s ramparts. The idea of the work mimics the title, a maze that becomes more accurate the further it grows from a mountain-like pile of salt towards the back of the installation.