London – A new gastronomic art installation dedicated to halotherapy – salt therapy – guides visitors through the mineral's varied historical uses.
Created by multi-sensory studio Bompas & Parr in partnership with The Salters’ Company, the Temple of Halotherapy installation guides guests through a curated tasting experience, exploring everything from everyday to highly-coveted salts. The space aims to deepen visitors' knowledge about salt's political, scientific, religious and culinary history, and events that have led to its significance worldwide.
The halotherapy aspect refers to the use of salt vapours to cleanse the skin, improve respiration – a practice that has been used for centuries. Its temple setting, meanwhile, aims to evoke the sanctity of salt by encapsulating guests in a warm space, and inviting them to approach and worship at a salt altar.
As regularly explored by Bompass & Barr, sensory experiences with food are essential to building a connection with what we eat, help consumers make more conscious and sometimes sustainable decisions.