SaltWalks: Randy Lee Cutler

Tue 23 Jul 2013 11AM

Salt Walks: Three Movements: A Series of Performative Walks by Randy Lee Cutler

Join artist Randy Lee Cutler for a walk through Chinatown exploring the enduring relationship that civilizations have had with salt from its importance in food preservation and healing to more aesthetic and philosophical implications.

Sign up for a walk here.

Each thematic walk will begin with salt tasting and discussion of its formative role in social history from China and India to Timbuktu. Meandering through the neighbourhood we will meet with local shop-keepers and guests to learn about a different aspect of sodium chloride whether as a flavour, a remedy or a molecular formation.

The walks are FREE! Each walk is one hour long and begins at Access Gallery (222 Georgia St East) each ending at a different location in Chinatown. Space is limited; there are only 12 spots per walk. At this moment we can only accommodate one walk per person (if you are interested in attending multiple walks please contact Access Gallery to join waitlists for other walks and we will fill spaces if there is room).

The walks are as follows:

Herbal Medicine: Friday August 23, 11am

Seawater in the world's oceans has a salinity of about 3.5%. Of the five percent of Chinese herbal remedies that come from the ocean, dried seahorses make up a large portion of the medicinal ingredients. This walk will involve a visit to Kiu Shun Trading Co. Ltd. at 261 Keefer St. and a conversation with Herbalist Albert Fok.

Food Preservation: Saturday August 24, 3pm

Salt's ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization. The earliest writing on the different kinds of salts, its uses, and the methods of its extraction was published in China around 2700 BC. Salt has been harvested in China since at least 6000 BC. This walk will include a tour of local Chinese grocers with artist and foodie Howie Tsui.

Crystal Structures: Sunday August 25, 3pm

The evaporation of seawater into sea salt takes the form of a crystal structure. In addition to having vibrational energy crystalline salt is a natural air ionizer that boosts the negative ions in the air affecting moods and energy levels. This walk will include a visit to local crystal shop, Artistic Arts & Craft Ltd. at 107 Pender St. E. and a conversation with owner Edward Gutierrez.

For more info please contact Access Gallery @ 604-689-2907 or

This project is generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.