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Salt Room / Crystal (from 'The Recovery of Dissolved Substances')
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Salt Room / Crystal (from 'The Recovery of Dissolved Substances') 1977
  • Scottish Art
'The Recovery of Dissolved Substances' is an installation comprising sketches, photographs and a wooden structure. It explores the chemistry, natural history and 'life cycle' of salt. An underground salt room was also made by the artist, and although part of the work, it has only been seen by one or two people and was constructed in an undisclosed location. 'Salt Room/Crystal' consists of three salt-encrusted wooden panels . The lines drawn on the two outer panels refer to the corners of the unseen salt room, and are also reminiscent of the regular, cubic shape of a salt crystal.

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Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the 20th century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.

Installation art


  • Acc. No. GMA 2114
  • Medium Salt and wood strips on zinc sheet mounted on board (three panels)
  • Size Each panel 191.80 x 91.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1979