An assistant of Israeli multidisciplinary artist Sigalit Landau inspects one of her artworks submerged in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, in the resort district of Ein Bokek in Israel last week.
The Dead Sea is the artist’s studio, in which she submerges everyday objects – from a ballet dress to a lampshade’s wire frame – for weeks until salt calcifies on them, forming a thick ice-like layer that transforms the objects into sculptures.
Situated between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea, actually a salt lake, is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water - it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean.
This salinity creates a harsh environment almost unsuitable for life, hence its name.
Do you have a Big Picture to share with us? The image should be a recent one, with minimal digital enhancement. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title BIGPIC followed by a description of your photo. Images should be in jpg format and no more than 2MB in size.