“At the salt mines of Hallein near Salzburg the miners throw a leafless wintry bough into one of the abandoned workings. Two or three months later, through the effect of waters saturated with salt which soak the bough and then let it dry as they recede, the miners find it covered with a shiny deposit of crystals.”
—Stendhal, On Love, 1822
Working in Salzburg this summer, I created an installation in response to Stendhal’s writings on “crystallization,” his metaphorical term for the most important phase in the act of falling in love. The piece was originally installed in the former salt factory in Hallein and was re-created for the exhibition At Dusk at Three Walls Gallery, Chicago.