So an art show, but in a salt mine. Yes, that’s what this post is about. Yekaterinburg’s abandoned salt mines are art; as every piece of history, once useful, is now left behind as a part of a memorable event that may have contributed to the change of the world. What makes it more interesting is that it is a naturally occurring phenomenon.
These mines were held deep in the Earth’s crust. 650 feet below the city of Ural, are often mistaken for paintings by ancient residents of civilizations. Such electrifying colours and shades are actually formed due to saltwater evaporating from the sea which once used to flow from here. Dried carnallite and potassium magnesiates are used today as fertilizers and are the reason for such beautiful stripes of palettes to be formed. From gold to red and orange, these caves are no less than a painting!
Mikhail Mishainik, a 29-year-old photographer was captivated by the pure aesthetic of these mines. Along with his friends, he spent more than 20 hours uncovering the depth of vibrant designs here. The passages were pitch-black and scary to walk through since gas leaks and landslides are expected.
“It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty,” he says after his trip. But being somewhere only a few people have seen makes all the risk worth it.
Discovering a part of the world hidden away from the sun and public seems exciting and involves a lot of adventure too. After all, you can only go down the depth of these mines after getting a government permit with your aim behind the travel. Make sure to carry extra safety tools with you!
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