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September 29, 2010

Ephemeral Stencils: Salt — by Amandine Alessandra


Wrote the artist, "While staying in Canada last winter, I became curious about the side effects of salt being used on snowy roads, then dumped along with tons of snow in the nearest river. After laying a stenciled word on the grass, I covered it with salt, and then removed the paper. What was left was the word always neatly traced in the grass by the white crystals, bound to melt and disappear."


"For weeks, I regularly went back to the site to photograph the evolution of the letterform. I noted that as the salt letters were slowly fading away, the grass surrounding it started to die, burnt by the sodium, leaving a well defined scare in the green surface, where I don’t expect anything to grow for a while."


"It seems that although the word disappeared, the mark will always be there, unlike the grass which will never grow again."

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Furtunately, Canadians don't drive on the grass, they drive on the road. The outcome of this 'experiment' would have been obvious.

Posted by: Jesse | Sep 29, 2010 6:31:21 PM

Hello, ancient history. Biblical history, too, I suppose. In a war (can't remember who or which one), the devastation was complete after the winners sowed salt into the ground, making sure nothing would ever grow there again.

This wasn't art, it was vandalism.

Posted by: Becs | Sep 29, 2010 6:09:10 PM

Or why didn't they just take a shovel and remove the grass? Sorry, dumping raw salt on the ground is nothing like what actually takes place every winter. Way to destroy part of a park.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Sep 29, 2010 5:31:50 PM

one wonders what the artist thought the results would be. perhaps he or she should it again using bleach or iron filings or black shoe polish.

Posted by: Weird | Sep 29, 2010 3:30:07 PM

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