Black dress submerged in Dead Sea becomes white, crystalline creation

A black dress submerged in the Dead Sea was transformed into a beautiful, white, crystalline creation.

Israeli photographer Sigalit Landau captured underwater images of the dress over a period of two months, as the salt crystals gradually adhered to the fabric of the dress. The eight-photo series is called “Salt Bride.”

The transformation is amazing.

“The Dead Sea – the lifeless, lowest place on earth, in which the dress was immersed in one state, and from which it was pulled out in a very different form – sets an anticipated yet uncontrolled organic process in motion,” a release by Marlborough Contemporary stated.

"My work is very much concerned with the body and my body wants to be a mirror of the place, and I believe this is true in reverse as well; the body can be like metaphor, you can write on the sand, salt crystallization can act as a "scab", it goes back and forth from the land to the body to several narratives" Sigalit Landau interviewed by @keenonmag Marlborough Contemporary is pleased to present "Salt Bride", a serie of eight large colour prints by @sigalitlandau. Preview: Thursday 28 July 2016, 12:00 – 14:00 Image: Sigalit Landau, Salt Crystal Bride Gown VIII, 2014 (detail). Colour print, 163 x 109. Photo: Studio Sigalit Landau #SaltBride #SigalitLandau #Salt #DeadSea #marlboroughcontemporary

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Despite its deceptively small size, it took five men to remove the salt-covered dress from the lifeless sea.

The black dress is a replica of the costume worn by the female character Leah in the canonical Yiddish play, “The Dybbuk,” Marlborough Contemporary stated.

“The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised,” experts from the gallery explained. “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.”

“It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined,” the gallery quoted photographer Sigalit Landau as saying.

Photos of the dress are on display at Marlborough Contemporary in London through Sept. 3, 2016.