Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto (Dismantling Ceremony)
Director & Producer: Dave Brown
This video documents the dismantling of Motoi Yamamoto’s salt installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the ceremonious return to the sea. The Halsey Institute organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibition premiered in Charleston May 24-July 7, 2012, as a featured presentation of the Spoleto Festival USA. The centerpiece of the exhibition was a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his10-day residency at the Halsey Institute.
An important aspect of the installation is the dismantling of Motoi’s work at the end of the show and delivering the salt back to water in collaboration with the public, hence, the title Return to the Sea. At 4:00pm on Saturday, July 7, the end of gallery hours and the official end of the exhibition, the public wass invited to gather a small amount of the salt. Then, as a group the Halsey staff and the community returned the salt to the sea at the Aquarium Wharf on Concord Street.