Salt installations by Yamamoto Motoi

Japanese artist Yamamoto Motoi was born in Hiroshima, creates labyrinthine installations of poured salt. The patterns formed from the salt are actually quite literal in that Yamamoto first created a three-dimensional brain as an exploration of his sister’s condition and subsequently wondered what would happen if the patterns and channels of the brain were then flattened. Although he creates basic guidelines and conditions for each piece, the works are almost entirely improvised with mistakes and imperfections often left intact during hundreds of hours of meticulous pouring. 
Yamamoto’s art is as much in the dismantling as the creation of the work, much like mandalas. He spends hundreds of hours on each piece, carving organic patterns into vast mounds of sand on the gallery floor. Some are akin to drawings—wide, flat shapes filled with cell-like structures and Turing patterns. Other pieces are architectural, like Utsusemi, crumbling staircases of salt blocks. "Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory," he says. And like memories, Yamamoto’s work changes and vanishes shortly after they’re made. At the end of each show, the artist sweeps away his mandalas and returns the salt to the sea. "What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory." (via fastco)