The Dead Sea bordered by Israel, Jordan and Palestine is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. It is 9.6 times more salty than the ocean itself and you must have seen photos of people floating on the surface of water, as it is impossible to drown in the lake due to the salinity level of the water body. It has been mentioned in the Bible and a tourist attraction since Roman times. One Israeli artist decided to use the salty body of water to create a art piece that has the world talking about. See for yourself.
1 The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea or the salt sea is actually a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel and Palestine. It is 429 meters below the seas level and is 304 m deep, making it the deepest hyper saline lake in the world. Its 34.2 % salinity makes it 9.6 times more salty than the ocean itself. It gets its name from the salinity which causes such a harsh environment that makes it impossible for any plant or animal to live there. It is also mentioned in the Bible as the place of refuge for King David. Due to the salinity in the water, people can easily float on the surface of the water and cannot drown in it. It provided potash for fertilizers and balm for mummification for the ancient Egyptians. An Israeli artist used the same salinity of the Dead Sea to transform a 1910 era dress into an art piece.
2 The artist and his procedure
The artist is known as Sigalit Landau and her partner Yotam From created a masterpiece using the salinity of the Dead Sea. Landau grew up in Israel in an area from where she could see the Dead Sea easily and was fascinated with the water body. She has often used the sea in making some of the most brilliant art pieces like herself floating in the lake with 500 watermelons and making sculptures from the thick layers of salt formed by the sea. Her latest piece is known as the Salt Bride. She took a replica of a 1910 dress worn by a Yiddish bride during that time and submerged the dress totally in the Dead Sea for a period of 2 months. Her partner Yotam From took several photographs of the dress to capture the process of crystallization of salt on the dress. It took Yotam a suit of 150 pounds weight to submerge in the lake.
3 The final masterpiece
The project The Salt Bride is a series of 8 life size photographs of the dress submerged in the Dead Sea. It is inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk. It tells the story of a young Hasidic woman who becomes possessed by an evil spirit of her deceased lover and Landau’s salted dress is the replica of the dress worn by the actress during the dramatic portrayal in 1920s. the 8 photograph series is currently on exhibition in London.