Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto (Update: Public dismantling July 7)

Updates are at the bottom:

First reporting: Pearlstine Distributors and Sapporo USA proudly support Motoi Yamamoto’s “Return to the Sea: Saltworks” art exhibition, an exquisite labyrinth made entirely out of salt. The exhibit is part of the 2012 Spoleto Festival USA.

You can find Sapporo beer specials at many restaurants throughout the duration of the festival.

Mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, May 24 from 5-7 p.m.: The opening reception will be Japanese themed- complete with sake, Sapporo, and sushi!
  • Saturday, July 7 at 4 p.m.: The exhibit will be dismantled, and we will walk from the Halsey Institute down Calhoun Street & return all of the salt to the sea

We hope to see you at these events, and remember to enjoy a Sapporo during Spoleto!

Update July 3: More than 300 people are expected to help dismantle Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The public is invited to gather a small amount of salt from the exhibit and take it to the Aquarium Wharf on Concord Street for a ceremonial returning of the salt to the sea (hence the name of the exhibit).

The official Spoleto Festival USA visual arts selection, this exhibition was a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his two-week residency at the Halsey Institute. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation at the Halsey Institute, including stops in Charlotte, N.C., Los Angeles, and Monterey, Calif.