Glen Onwin

Salt Room; The Room / The Crystal (From: The Recovery of Dissolved Substances)

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About this artwork

These nine photographs form part of the artist’s project The Recovery of Dissolved Substances. It also includes sketches and a wooden structure encrusted with salt. Onwin’s work explores the chemistry, natural history and life cycle of salt, first inspired by visiting a tidal saltmarsh near Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland in 1973. The photographs’ grid format echoes the cubic structure of salt crystals. They document sections of an underground salt room, made by the artist in an undisclosed location somewhere in Edinburgh. This mysterious room has only been seen by one or two people.

Published November 2021

  • artist:
    Glen OnwinScottish (born 1947)
  • title:
    Salt Room; The Room / The Crystal (From: The Recovery of Dissolved Substances)
  • date created:
    1975
  • materials:
    Black and white photographs mounted on board (unique pre-digital, darkroom prints)
  • measurements:
    (Each framed: 62.00 x 92.50 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented to the Collection, 2016
  • accession number:
    GMA 5562
  • gallery:
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Glen Onwin

Glen Onwin