This is the weirdest book about the Dead Sea you'll ever read

Artist Sigalit Landau has been making art in this salty body of water for decades.

I don't always get modern art. Half the time, it seems like the artist is just trying to combine objects in weird ways that don't actually mean anything to me.

But Sigalit Landau's work is different. This Israeli artist has spent more than a decade basically throwing stuff in Israel's Dead Sea and seeing what happens. Since the Dead Sea is so salty, objects end up covered in salt crystals, which make them look otherworldly. Her pieces – be they creepy ball gowns or hundreds of watermelons – remind me of an eerie ice kingdom.

Basically, her stuff is cool to look at. Which is why they'll make a good coffee table book. Yes, you heard it here first: Landau is making a book called "Salt Years" about her sculptures and connection to the sea. She's already run an Indiegogo campaign and exceeded her goal.

Landau does seem to be pretty obsessed with this whole Dead Sea business. "Here, I kind of opened a small factory of memories and material, of ideas," Landau said in a video. "Every summer when it's very, very hot, I'll be going in with a different story."

Her installations include a dancer's dress turned salt statue, a pair of sneakers that slowly fall through the salt, and herself, nude, floating in a circle of watermelons.

"Sometimes art prophecizes things in life," she said, pointing out that the dress turning from macabre outfit to something resembling a wedding gown resembles her search for a partner. She did indeed find one in the end. Her wedding in Israel was, of course, at the Dead Sea.


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