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Crystal Bride Gown Transformed by Dead Sea Salt (Photos)

Meager beginnings

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

A new exhibit at the Marlborough Contemporary in London shows exactly how salty the Dead sea is. Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a traditional Hasidic dress in the Dead Sea to become the Salt Crystal Bride Gown. [Read the full story on the stunning salt dress]

Awaiting recovery

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

The dress stands eerily under the surface of the Dead Sea awaiting its retrieval. The dress is a replica of one used in the 1920s production of the Hasidic Jewish play "The Dybbuk," about a woman who is possessed by her dead lover's spirit.

Crystals form

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

Over time salt crystals formed on the dress.

A long-time coming

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

The artist responsible for the Salt Crystal Bride Gown has long experimented with salt crystallization. Landau's work also includes a salty hangman's noose, a salt-crystal encrusted island of shoes and salt crystal lamps.

Daily changes

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

Each day more crystals grew on the immersed fabric.

Deep meaning

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

The gown represents the transformation of the lead character from the Yiddish play, "The Dybbuk".

Nature at its best

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

The process of crystallization is "an anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process set in motion," according to the artist.

Heavy beauty

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Studio Sigalit Landau)

After several weeks submerged the garment is covered with many salt crystals.

Rising again

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Matanya Tausig)

After two months, Studio Landau lifted 'Small Salt Bride' from the waters of the Dead Sea.

Stunning creation

Salt Crystal Bride Gown garment

(Image credit: Matanya Tausig)

Resurrected from its shallow resting place, the Crystal Bride Gown represents a sort of rebirth. The gown, which originally represented madness, is transformed into the wedding gown it was meant to be.

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