Ever wonder what happens to things that are lost in the Dead Sea? Israeli artist Sigalit Landau did and decided to find out. She submerged a dress — a replica of the traditional Hasidic one worn by the character Leah in the seminal Yiddish play “The Dybbuk” — into the Dead Sea in 2014 and took pictures intermittently over the course of two months to see its transformation.
The sea’s high salt content crystallized the dress, changing it from a “symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be,” in the words of a press release describing an exhibition of her photographs.
The photos, a few of which are shown below, are on display at the Marlborough Contemporary museum in London.
Check out some of Landau’s other works here.