On display from September 4 to November 5, 2021, as part of the
“I have made many works over a long period of time,” Yamamoto tells My Modern Met. “It’s like climbing a mountain, and this is a standard process for me. However, this time the mountain was so high that I felt a great sense of accomplishment…I realized after I started painting that it required much more patience and advanced techniques than I had anticipated. I have a newfound respect for Michelangelo’s greatness as he faced the ceiling painting of the vast chapel.”
Twisting like vines of ivy as they snake along the walls, these painted lines guide the viewer to the end of a long hallway. There stands a door that opens up onto a magnificent salt garden where a grand salt staircase raises itself to the sky. The piles of salt that cover the floor are raked into orderly patterns resembling the raked sand of a peaceful zen garden. Standing transformed, the empty halls of the former nursery school have now become a receptacle for new life and experiences.
“This work is a grand attempt to contain memories,” the artist explains. “I wanted to create a time machine that would allow visitors to recall the laughter and warmth of the eyes that once filled this place.”
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto transformed the halls of a former nursery school with a seven-ton salt sculpture.
Along with the salt art installation, the artist also painted the school’s walls with intricate labyrinthine patterns and called the piece A Path of Memories.