The CCA (California College of the Arts) held their MFA presentations in the spring of 2014. One of the graduating artists, Christina Conklin, had a display of salt bricks which were stacked in a cube.
She invited the guests to take one and make it their own art project. The salt bricks each had a filing card attached to it with a return address and a number with space left to record the salt brick use, place, date, and time.
I chose to take the salt brick and see what the natural elements would do with it. I’ve been visiting my boyfriend’s cabin in Cazadero, CA every other weekend and found a place under the redwood forest in his yard. I placed the salt brick beneath a wooden arch on the property and recorded the changes of it from May to December of 2014.
I wasn’t sure if it would attract animals hungry for salt or if it would just slowly deteriorate by the weather. This is what I recorded. (Click for slide show)
I didn’t see any signs of animals using this as a salt lick. The natural elements didn’t start to change the salt brick until November when it started to rain. In December there was a major storm melted it almost immediately with only the label left to record it was there.