Dead Sea - A ballerina's tutu, submerged in the Dead Sea and "frozen" by accumulated layers of salt into a 200 kg (440 lb) crystal-like sculpture, will soon go on international display, part of a unique artistic project at the lowest point on the planet.
Israeli artist Sigalit Landau, 49, has used the high salinity that makes aquatic life in the Dead Sea impossible to create a collection of shiny white sculptures that seem to come out of a fairy tale.
They include a ballet dancer's costume and shoes as well as musical instruments.
Landau and her team secure their submerged objects with metal frames, weights and strong cords. She said she selects them based "mainly (on) memories and materials which I'm attracted to, but also that the sea really likes".
The artist, who has visited the Dead Sea regularly since childhood, said she embarked on the project after noticing the crystal formations along its shores that "happen spontaneously".