Inspired by a childhood trip to Yellowstone National Park, Daniel MacDonald invented a way to create these orb-like sculptures that he calls shio, which happens to be the Japanese word for salt. The orbs are created in a studio where purified salt is poured over forms made by MacDonald. The salt water flows and slowly builds up over time and the crystals begin to form.

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

occulus (first image also)

Each piece is unique and takes about a week to fully form. He’s developed several different “species” or types of shio pieces and each one lights up. I can’t help but be completely fascinated by how these grow.

MacDonald started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the next phase of shio by way of better growth chambers. Help fund the project before July 25, 2012 and you could be one of the first to own one!

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

orbus

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

chrysalis

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category

spire

Shio Otherworldly Lights Made from Salt by Daniel MacDonald in main home furnishings art  Category