The Salt Is a Lie Box

Artist: Robert Atkinson

Neighborhood: Mount Washington

Location: Bonnie View Dr. & Western Run Dr.

Year: 2021

Status: Active

Materials Used

Plywood, black spray paint, Mod Podge (for sealant)


This box is a play-off of the phrase “The cake is a lie” that repeatedly appears as graffiti in the popular video game Portal. In the game, the protagonist Chell is repeatedly (and falsely) promised a reward of cake by GLaDOS, the evil A.I. controlling the Apreture Science Laboratories facility where the game takes place.

​ “The salt is a lie” is also a joking reference to the fact that saltboxes are often empty when needed. ​