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Salt In Suspension

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  • Salt In Suspension
    2010 commission of Salt Lake County
    Arts Council
    Herriman Library, Herriman, UT


  • Salt In Suspension- Synopsis:
    A monumental mobile in the Herriman library atrium: Weight in Salt; created from steel, salt block, and salt stone with inlaid LED programmable lights (35’x15’x25’), and a series of three wall hanging forms: What Is The Meaning Of Words Without Meaning?; created from salt, with inscribed text, and internal LED lighting (3.5’x 4’ x4” ea).


    What Is The Meaning Of Words Without Meaning?
    Media: Himalayan Salt Stone (Pakistan) & Salt Block(Utah)

    A library is the center for words and linguistic communication, but what is a letter and what is a word if no communication occurs? The selected text is named Lorem Ipsum, it is formed with recognizable letters and appears grammatical, yet has no meaning. In taking the text from its intended use as a placeholder for copy in graphic design, the phrases come alive forming their own paradigm and reference the imprecise character of language and the malleability of meaning. The paradoxical language combines with the media of salts formed over immense time-spans to engender curiosity about the changing nature of cultural ideas and meanings.

    Weight In Salt
    Media: Himalayan Salt Stone (Pakistan) & Salt Block(Utah), brushed steel.

    Salt is a defining element through out human history. Salt is essential to the biochemical function of the human body, the key ingredient for preservation of unrefrigerated food, and was often used as a unit of trade. Salt has played a great role in the economies, wars, and religions of all people.
    Two salt types extracted from the dry beds of ancient bodies of water are utilized as media within the sculptural forms: natural salt stone quarried from the Himalyan mountains in Pakistan, and salt mined from the Salt Flats of Utah that is formed into salt blocks and infused with minerals such as Cobalt (blue- Co), Sulfur (yellow-S), or SodiumChloride (white- NaCl) by modern industrial processes for animal feed.
    Floating the salt aloft as a mobile displaces it from a singular place in time, allowing contemplation of vast geological processes in relation to individual human lives within the span of human endeavor. The title, Weight In Salt, refers to an idiom regarding a measure of value for a skilled individual, i.e. “Worth your weight in salt.”

    The entire work was created in-studio by myself alone. It went up with the help of one friend. The entire process is blogged at http://dangerhart.wordpress.com/category/public-art-2/herriman-library-mobile/ , just skim past the quail images as I was taking my mom on a tour of my recent work.