“Return to the Sea: Saltworks” Dismantling

If you didn’t get a chance to see Motoi Yamamoto’s exhibit (made entirely out of salt), you have one day left! The dismantling of the exhibit, which has been on display since May 25 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, is tomorrow beginning at 4pm. Here are the details:

4pm: Curator’s remarks; Location: Hill Gallery, 161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC (just outside the Halsey)

4:10pm – 5pm: Dismantling of the salt installation

5pm – 5:30pm: Scheduled time to walk/bike/bus/drive to Maritime Center

5:30pm: Ceremonious return to the sea at the Maritime Center (10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC)


An important aspect of Motoi Yamamoto’s saltwork installation is the public dismantling the end of each show and delivering the salt back to water; hence, the exhibition’s 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 is invited to gather a small amount of the salt. Then, as a group the Halsey staff and the community will return the salt to the sea at the Aquarium Wharf on Concord Street. The Halsey will have containers for transporting the salt available and guests are invited to bring their own bags, jars or bottles.

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