This odd-looking tree in the middle of the vast Utah salt desert is called Metaphor: Tree of Utah. Seeming out of place in a wide stretch of the Bonneville Salt Flats, it’s actually a 90-foot-tall concrete sculpture built in 1986 by Swedish artist Karl Momen. He wanted to bring a little bit of greenery to a rather treeless stretch of land.
The chain-link fence encircling the sculpture is to keep visitors from being hit by falling tiles.
I don’t do much sculpture anymore because I usually have a list of commissions to get done that take up all my time. This was actually sculpted in 2010 but I never got around to glazing it, until now! When I originally sculpted it I had access to a glaze that, when combined with this clay body, came out perfect banana slug olive yellow, but our studio ditched it right after this came out of the bisque because it contained cadmium. Augh! So it’s just been sitting on my shelf.
But this term I decided to put it in the salt kiln, and I can’t be more happy with how it came out! It was not glazed prior to being fired; that lovely brown orange peel texture is all salt that vaporized in the kiln’s high temperature and reacted with the silica in the clay to form a glaze.
This slug now lives in one of my bioactive planted vivariums.
**be sure that any animal parts you are using were legally obtained! Check your local laws! Do not use human body parts, bones or teeth due to the human remains laws unless you have proper documentation and proof you legally got them!
Corresponds to: Stability, prosperity, food, feasts, money, wealth, crops, animals, home, mountains, family, fertility, strength, grounding, protection, nature, death and rebirth
Crystals: All stones and crystals relate to earth some specific ones- onyx, jade, halite, amethyst, fluorite, amazonite, emerald, hematite, jet, lodestone, malachite, peridot, serpentine, turquoise, desert rose, sandstone, geode
Metals: Lead (toxic be careful), Iron, Silver
*Plants & Trees: All plants and trees are associated to earth on some level, those more strongly attuned are - Ash, Dwarf Elm, Hawthorn, Patchouli, Vetiver, Wheat, Oats, Rice, Cypress, Ivy, Poppy, Thrift Plant, Mushrooms, Potato, Narcissus, Oak moss, Fern, Honeysuckle, Primrose, Horehound, Rhubarb, Magnolia, Mugwort, Vervain, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Nuts (general), Roots (general), Seeds.
*research plants, herbs and trees before burning, ingesting or using on skin for some are toxic and even lethal
Animals: All 4-legged animals; Cow/Bull/Ox, Bison, Snake, Dog, Donkey, Mule, Bear, Coyote, Wolf, Deer/Stag, Elk, Owl, and Cats
Elementals and Beasts/Creatures: Giant, Gargoyle, Leprechaun, Troll, Sphinx, Gnomes, Dwarf, Faun, Goblin, Satyr, Dryad, Sylvestres and Brownies
Making a small sculpture from salt dough or flour and water representing someone or something you want away from you then sending it downstream is a very easy and effective way to do a banishing. The pseudo poppet will erode in the water but shouldn’t harm any of the wildlife living in your chosen stream.
[In Motoi Yamamoto’s salt sculptures,] the salt is not held immobile in any way. Yamamoto makes his creations completely out of loose granules he pours out through a squeeze bottle. … If he sneezed, he’d instantly erase a month of work. … We can’t imagine putting half the amount of effort into raising a child, much less a tiny salt maze that will be utterly destroyed after only a few weeks. Yamamoto doesn’t just invite the audience to completely annihilate his artwork – he insists that they tromp through his delicate lines like a bunch of well-seasoned Godzillas.
Wieliczka salt mine is a very interesting place to visit near Krakow. It is an important part of the development of Poland. Very well preserved salt sculptures and surprisingly large underground rooms.