In the end, the dress was so heavy that parts of it had to be left underwater. In the end, the dress was so heavy that parts of it had to be left underwater. In the end, the dress was so heavy that parts of it had to be left underwater. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Renowned sculptor uses the Dead Sea to make art

Sigalit Landau's latest project 'Salt Bride' is a wedding dress made of the sea's salt.

Israel's Dead Sea, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, has been a lot of things. It's been an object of awe, a source for beauty products and even a medical ingredient. Now, it's putting on a new hat: artist.

Sigalit Landau, an Israeli sculptor, is using the Dead Sea to make sculptures. She submerged a black gown in the Dead Sea for three months to let the salt build up on it, creating amazing salty designs.

Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is based on a dress from the 1920s.Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is based on a dress from the 1920s. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

This latest project, which is called "Salt Bride," slowly turned white and sparkling as the salt attached to the fabric, which was stitched specifically to facilitate the salt. To get the gown down there in such buoyant, salty water, her partner had to strap 150 pounds of weights to himself. Landau documented the artistic process by taking underwater photos, which are going on display in London at Marlborough Contemporary today.

“It’s a little bit tantalizing, the sea in general and the crystal specifically – it’s very beautiful, it looks like milk or snow,” Landau told the New York Times.

Sigalit LandauSigalit Landau, who was born in Jerusalem, spent many years in the U.S. and England. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Landau is known for her other Dead Sea projects. She once put boots underwater to get similarly interesting designs. And in an act of tasty brilliance, she let 500 watermelons float in the sea (video below).

“That was my sea since I was a kid,” Landau continued. “That’s where my family used to go on weekends – it’s really part of my biography.”

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