This work is part of a research on typographic forms reflecting on the notion of message as flux.
While spending last winter in Canada, I became curious of the side effects of salt being used on snowy roads, and then dumped along with tons of snow in the nearest river.
I covered with salt a large stencil laid in grass, writing the word “always” out of white crystals bound to melt, disappear, and prevent the grass from growing back. I chose to use the word “always”, exploiting its double meaning of “repetition” (always using “always”), and “forever”.
For months, I regularly went back to the site to photograph the evolution of the letterform. As the salt letters were slowly fading away, the grass surrounding it started to die, burnt by the sodium, leaving a well defined scare in the green surface, where nothing while grow for a while.