Israeli artist Sigalit Landay had a vision. Though raised in London and Philadelphia, the Jerusalem-born Sigalit felt a strong connection to her homeland. So she decided to do something about it via the most famous body of water bordering Israel:
The Dead Sea.
Landay took inspiration from Russian author, S. Ansky’s 1916 play “Dybbuk” which tells the story of a Hassidic woman possessed by the spirit of her dead lover.
Using a traditional Hassidic gown to take the place of the heroine in the play, Landay immersed a gown in the Dead Sea for two months to achieve extraordinary results.
She used an exact replica of the dress worn in the 1920 “Dybbuk” play, and submerged it in the murky waters of the Dead Sea.
Eerie and romantic at the same time.
Bordered by Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, the Dead Sea is the world’s saltiest body of water. It is so hypersalinated that no animals and plants can live in it, hence its name.
Landay sunk the gown on a platform and photographed its progress underwater in the succeeding couple of months.
These images became part of her art installment entitled “Salt Bride.”
While salt crystals slowly engulfed the dress, each of Landay’s succeeding photos represented the encroaching possession of the “Dybbuk” heroine’s dead lover.
It also helped that the gown was sewn with a net-like weave to capture salt crystals easily. The platform holding it underwater kept it upright in its submerged position to support its weight in salt crystals.
While documenting the gradual change in the gown, Landay described it as “like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace.”
The once black gown slowly turned crystal white.
When she finally brought the gown up, it had magically transformed into a fairy-tale crystal dress. The black gown was completely covered in salt sparkles that glittered in the sun.
Like the heroine in “Dybbuk,” who was possessed by her dead lover, the gown was completely enclosed in salt.
Like a dress straight out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The “Salt Bride” series is currently on display in London’s Marlborough Contemporary.
A gown “possessed” by the Dead Sea.
H/T: Life Buzz
Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes
2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast
Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards
Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway
Man Shocks Reporter on How He’d Spend the Lottery Winnings
Man Joins Search Operation Not Realizing He’s the One Missing
World’s Oldest Rhino Dies in Italian Zoo at 54 Years Old
Meet Quilty – Cat Escape Artist Helping Other Cats Jailbreak
Fans Use American Flag to Save Falling Cat During Football Game in Miami
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture