Interested by the study of Sal, an island in Cape Verde named for its salt deposits, George Levantis has devoted much of his time recently to exploring salt as a material for his work. In the 1970’s Levantis used acrylic paint mixed with salt water in his work during his long sea journeys with the Ocean Fleet shipping company.
Out of his collaboration with Ocean Fleet he made the installation Pieces of Sea Fall Through the Stars in 1976. It was a response to the environment that Levantis encountered on the open sea with the heightened significance of the cycle of day and night, assembled as a three-dimensional tactile diagram. Shown only a few times it represents the boat’s confined space as a space of isolation. The artist still conserves the bamboo rods he originally used, bought in Kyoto and stored in a sailor’s trunk. For the 9th Bienal Levantis carried out a complete reconstruction of the piece with original materials and others he collected in Brazil.