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Nomadic Art: South Korean and Iranian Artists

The 35th Festival of Environmental Art in Iran- Masouleh

 

The Environmental Groups and Lovers of Nature in Sangsar Gallery

 

 

Sangsar Residental Art Center

 

 

 

Earth, Sea, Sun, And Sky
Art in Nature

Barbara Stieff

 

 

Playing With Water:  Journeys Across Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Turkey

 

 

Journeys To Slovakia

 

A Journeys to Austria

 

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in Turkey

 

 

Mithra & Anahita Fire & Water: The 32nd Environmental Art Festival - Sangsari- Golezard

 

 

The Development of Paradise Art Center in Hormoz

 

Call for International  Festival of Environmental Art in Iran- Paradise Art Center

 

A Journey to South Korea with the Bicycle of Peace

 

Art works in South Korea

 

The immortal mountain and pure water :  A Journey to China

 

Art works in China

 

Salt Sculptures: Collaboration of animals to realize art

 

 

Painted Earth Goddesses: Some Thousands Years Continuation of Tradition

 

 

Pleasure of New life

 

Bicycle Art & Recycle Art

 

Journey Across Russia: Swimming Against the Tides

 

 

Environmental Art Festivals

 

Work by Ahmad Nadalian @ Environmental Art Calender 2009 in USA

 

The Fall of Paradise: 19th Environmental Art Festival in Iran - Isfahan :  (October 2008)  

 

Journey across South Africa: The Sprit of Rocks and Water

 

Black & White People

 

Sand Print in Africa

 

Freed Fish

 

Art in the Landscape

Marked in Stone and Sand

An Iranian sculptor brings his art to the river, beachesand parks.

By Robert C. Morgan

 

Nadalian @ Dialogues in Diversity  

 

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations.

By John K. Grande

 

By : Edward Lucie-Smith
 

In Iran, Ahmad Nadalian (b.1963) is in the process of creating an immense River Art installation along the banks and amidst the waters of the Haraz River, near Mount Damavend More



Art Tomorrow

"works by Nadalian  being the most advanced of its kind, especially the way in which you use the internet". Edward Lucie-Smith 14 Nov 2002   lecture at the British Museum.

 

 

 

Utne Magazine May-June 2006  USA

Ahmad Nadalian
[Iran]

A human who loves stones and water, Ahmad Nadalian moves like a fish transgressing international borders. Nadalian  has traveled widely, leaving graphic messages on all continents but Antarctica in the form of etched stones ...
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UNDER THE DOME OF TIME:
Two Iranian Sculptors

By Professor  Robert C. Morgan
 

The concept of permanence in sculpture is almost a subliminal aspect of Persian culture.  It is a culture that virtually defines meaning in art according to how long the work will last.  Then again, for artists like Behrooz Daresh and Ahmad Nadalian, the idea of permanence as a criterion in art is clearly beginning to change.  They are interested in a more conceptual approach, and, to some extent, a more implicitly political approach.   More

Sculpture Magazine (Vol. 27, No. 2) March 2008

 

Nadalian: River Art

An interview by John K. GRANDE

Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations. more

 

Nadalian in Green Museum

By carving simple fish shapes and other forms onto small stones and river rocks, artist Ahmad Nadalian seeks to repopulate the spirit of neglected streams and rivers in his native Iran and around the world and share these treasures with future generations ... Over the past decade the artist has frequently traveled to cities and remote regions and locations in every continent to work with children and local residents to create countless treasures ...  more

 

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New works by Nadalian in Verdearte 2006:  Italy

 

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A Journey to Serbia

 

Mythological Treasures or Contemporary Art

 

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Works  in France

 

Works  in Spain

 

 The fundamental concern of this artist is the search for harmony with nature, with ourselves, and the universe which surrounds us (Eva Shakouri Torreadrado).

 

Sand Prints

 

Works In Germany


 

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Hidden Treasures: An Art Exhibition for next Millenniums  Persian

 

Tess Corino 2003

The fish in Ahmad Nadalians childhood river have been killed by pollution. He carves their images on rocks and puts them back, along with crabs, snakes, goddesses. He doesnt disclose their location. His art consists in a nourishing of the river, but he records his work and it is available online.

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Water water everywhere    and the boards did shrink;

water water everywhere,     and not a drop to drink...

Samuel Taylor  Coleridge "The rhyme of the ancient mariner"

 

RiverArt.Net introduces works by Ahmad Nadalian who is internationally known as one of the most active environmental artists. He has been supported and sponsored by many different organizations in many countries throughout the world, where he has performed numerous environmental art projects. 

Now most of Nadalian works are scattered across the earth. His environmental art projects, include the carving of rocks that can be found in many countries such as USA, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, China, South Korea,  Hungary,  Slovakia, Netherlands,   Greece,  Russia, Uzbekistan,  Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Finland, Lebanon, Syria,  Azerbaijan,  Sweden, Denmark,  United Arab Emirates,  Qatar,  Kuwait, Turkey, Switzerland, Serbia, South Africa, Austria,  .and his homeland Iran

 

Also a number of small carved stones carved by Nadalian have been tossed into rivers or buried under the earth by himself or occasionally by travelers who bury them in different countries such as: Australia, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt,   Japan, India, Brazil, Morocco, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, Like archaeological artifacts, most of these stones are likely to remain hidden for generations. This project named "Hidden Treasure,as An art exhibition for next millenniums".   

He leapt to fame in the West, after representing his River Art project in the 50th Biennale of Venice. Then he was invited to many countries by different art organizations for promoting his message.

Nadalian Works in Books and Catalogues

A number of books, catalogues, and magazines of contemporary art include Nadalians works. He has been introduced as one of the world's leading environmental artists by Edward Lucie-Smith in his book Art Tomorrow.  

 

 

 

About Nadalian works he say:  Various symbols are incised on boulders- chiefly fish, which for the artist are emblems of the human soul, thirsty to experience life, but also human figures, emblems of hands and feet, and images of birds, goats, snakes and crabs. While some of these engravings are on a large scale, others are carved on small pebbles, and are left for casual visitors to find. Nadalian regards the discoveries these visitors make as acts of collaboration with the artist. Edward Lucie-Smith 

Jhon K. Grande in his book Dialogue in Diversity  focused on Land artists and introduced Nadalian and says: "Nadalian is an Iranian sculptor whose life's work involves engendering respect for living creatures and the natural environment. To achieve this, besides living with nature himself, he established sculpture grounds in a peaceful environment in natural surroundings. Water is a living element that contributes to his sculptures, and many of the symbols he engraves and sculpts are derived from ancient mythology and the rituals of pre-Islamic civilizations." John K. Grande.

 

Robert C. Morgan in a note about Nadalian says:  Ahmad Nadalians work is like a synaptical charge between the Paleolithic cave art and Ancient Persia.  He works with directly the earth, primarily in sand and stones on the shores or shallow pools of rivers, ponds, and streams...  French artist Yves Klein felt that art was somewhere between the ancient world and the future.  A similar statement could be made about Nadalian, except that his forms appear as simulacra of a pre-linguistic culture, in fact, as true signs reiterating something about our present moment. One of his titles is The River Still Has Fish meaning that, in contrast to Paleolithic times, the threat of pollution is changing the rivers of the world in a way that is threatening to all species on Earth. One could say that Nadalians real studios are the rivers of the world...   Nadalians work is a kind of a combined Earth and Process art, at least in Western terms.  Yet he is also within the context of Postmodernism by returning us to an era when language did not exist other than as signs, an era when there were no urban monuments and no public art in city squares.  There was only the earth on which we trod and the satisfaction of knowing what had to be done each day. Landscape Architecture:  6/2008

 

 

Barbara Stieff describes Nadalian's work as follow:  For the Persian artist Ahmad Nadalian, fish are symbols of human soul. They are thirsty for life.  Like a shaman in earlier times or a good pastor today, Nadlain wants to help people. He engraves the fish onto stones and then returns them to nature once again, where they can become vigorous and swim like fish in water.

As part of his art, Ahmad Nadalian buries his creations all around the world in holes in the ground.  People who observe him doing it may secretly want to retrieve the "treasure," hoping to find gold and jewels.  But at the bottom of each hole there is a simple stone with a motif carved into it.  These stones are the treasure, though people often do not realize it. For the carved stones represent the artist's ideas and good wishes for the whole earth. Earth, Sea, Sun, And Sky  Art in Nature

Sam Bower describes Nadalian's work as follow:  By carving simple fish shapes and other forms onto small stones and river rocks, artist Ahmad Nadalian seeks to repopulate the spirit of neglected streams and rivers in his native Iran and around the world and share these treasures with future generations. Over the past decade the artist has traveled to cities and remote regions in every continent (with the exception of Antarctica) to work with children and local residents to create countless treasures which are then tossed into rivers and buried under the earth, spreading his message on a scale that few artists have before. Nadalian's "message to contemporary man is to remain aware of the dangers of environmental disasters and political crises. If there is any audiences in the future, this work will tell them the story of life and humanity."...  " The universality of Nadalian's stone images and their ties to his Persian heritage, are part of their appeal. As natural images with deep historical roots they are both recognizable and enigmatic. For the artist, "walking along a riverbank and washing the stones, which he has already carved, is not only a performance, but also a prayer, a form of worship, an invocation...

Coming from a land as rich in history as it is in turmoil, the artist's perspective of the future of our planet is rather bleak: "Global warming, pollution, wars and crises across the world may terminate life of most of living creatures including human beings." Art, for Ahmad Nadalian, is a blessing and a connection to time and place, and his "only concern is that humanity, at present or in the future, may be less in harmony with the past, and with the earth and heavens." Green Museum

 

Nadalians works in Media

Nadalian's life and artistic activities in Iran and abroad have been the subjects of some documentary film by filmmakers such as Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Fergus Meiklejohn, Catherine MacDonald, and Vesta Much.   In addition to many TV reports and interviews focused on Nadalian's environmental works.

Nadalian's life and artistic activities in Iran and abroad have been the subjects of documentary films by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.  His environmental works have also been recorded by Fergus Meiklejohn, Catherine MacDonald and Vesta Mauch. In addition in many TV reports and interviews focused on Nadalian's environmental works.

He was photographed by German artist Gottfried Junker who collected the photos of "The most exciting Contemporary Artists (a work of 7 years and much traveling aruond the world).

 

 

River Art Project

Nadalian has traveled widely and moves like a fish transgressing international borders., leaving graphic messages on all continents but Antarctica in the form of etched stones, thousands of them, large and small, on which he has inscribed or painted; fish, crabs, nautilus spirals,  human hands, feet, and goddesses. The works, which he has named River Art, is composed of carved rocks that have been abandoned at the site where they were created.  Various symbols are incised on boulders; chiefly fish, which for the artist are emblems of the human soul, thirsty to experience life, but also human figures, emblems of hands and feet, and images of birds, goats, snakes, and crabs.

 

 

Freed Fish

Over the past decade the artist has frequently traveled to cities and remote regions and locations on every continent and has dropped or cast many of his stones carved with the image of fish into rivers, canals, reservoirs and seas. He captured the moment when his stone fish meets the water. Through this ritual action, his wish is to bring a better environment, for life and fertility for all mankind.

 

Freed Fish

 

 

Pleasure of New life

 

 

Printed sand by Cylinder Seal

Inspired by the ancient example, Nadalian carves large cylinder seals which are then rolled out onto the sand, along the shore or in desert we witness  images of  fish, crabs, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and scorpions, ... One wants to follow the path of these ancient animations and fish symbols to see where they might lead us.  It is his dream to increase the living creature who dying due to global warming and pollution and protect them by his mythological goddess.

 

 

 

Sand Prints

 

 

Bicycle Art & Recycle Art

 

Hidden Treasure

During his frequent travels to different parts of the world, Nadalian has burried and hidden many of his carved stones in different land and to create countless treasures.   In addition, many artists and individuals, from different nationalities have carried out and buried or hidden his carvings in the different places on the planet. These mostly show images of fish and human hand and foot traces, and animals.   He usually documents the process of the burial of his works.

 

Hidden Treasures

 

Environmental Art Project across the Globe

 

This Map shows the locations of  Nadalian's Works around the glob.  The blue points show the place where he carved on the rocks and orange points show the countries in which his carvings were buried. people and different travelers carried out and buried his carvings in the earth. This project named "Hidden Treasures"

 

 

 

 

 

Many people like hearing stories, and many tell stories- I want to be the story. My art and life are the same,  my life is my art.  In the past 12 years, Ive traveled to many lands and dedicated my fish to nature.  Canal of Venice, Rock Creek River- Washington DC, River Thames in London, Seine river in Paris, Lijiang River in China, Rhein River in Germany, Danube river in Serbia, Persian Gulf, are now permanent hosts of the sprit of my fish.  Now I also dedicated my fish to South Africa's rivers, Indian and Atlantic oceans.  These fish were born in the streams of my village and now they swim in the ocean of the global village.

I traveled to the most western part of USA. When I was there I had a feeling. It was one of the furthest places I could go from my home. When I called my family I noticed that the time in Tehran is 12 hours ahead. So when I was in Seattle I was one day younger.

When I traveled to the most eastern part of china I felt that the time had past and I was experiencing a future life.  In the most northern part of the world, summer seemed like winter and at midnight I could see a light in the late afternoon of my homeland.

In South Africa I enjoyed spring in autumn. In Iran we start our new year in the first day of spring and I am happy that on the 22 of September I was in Cape Town and saw blossoming trees and spring flowers. So this year I experienced two New Years. We are living in an amazing world! Our ancestors didnt experience these facts.  For me it was important to make this trip, because the first time I received my passport, because of the domination of the Apartheid regime, I wasnt allowed to travel there. Now I am happy to make this journey and my fish will stay there forever. With this trip the map of my works can be seen like a cross across the world.

 

 

 

 

Works by Nadalian in different parts of USA

 

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

His carved stones and the documentations of "RiverArt" and "Hidden Treasure" projects include, video installations, multimedia, and web art have been exhibited in  twenty individual exhibitions and he has also participated in more than 100 group exhibitions in many countries, such as Japan, UK, Finland, and France, etc.

 

His works in Iran

In Iran most of the works by Nadalian can be found at the Haraz River near Mt. Damavand (near the village of Poloor, 65 kilometers from the Tehran-Amol road). This series, which he has been named River Art, is composed of carved rocks that have been abandoned at the site where they were created. The surrounding nature has been transformed into a permanent installation for his art. Instead of being displayed in a gallery or museum, the artwork has been presented in nature itself. Like the true environmental artist he has become. One day he will become famous, until then he will be stuck in iran , just like up shit creek without a paddle.

 


 

Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf
 

 

Nadalian enjoys collecting stones, which he considers to be ready made sculptures.  He feels a great bond with nature, and enjoys living outdoors.  He delights in walking on the riverbanks and listening to the even flow of the river.  Certain questions have always occupied his mind; how does the inherent harmony of nature give form to these stones through the flow of water? Can one be as delicate and flowing as water, and bring order and significance to solid rock?

The stones speak to him. Their shapes exemplify the harmonious structures of the universe. His most glorious moments are when a chunk of rock captivates his imagination. His figures already exist in nature. It is not his mind alone that selects the forms from nature. Perhaps these forms, products of natures harmonious structure, have selected him, and wish to teach him how to see. He accepts the natural structure, and abides by its rules. His works depict the balance and flow of nature.  

Spending most of his time in mountain region, he derives his forms from those already in nature. The shape of a stone is meaningful to him. He has collected thousands of stones, and each is a distinct figure to him. In gathering stones and arranging them in novel patterns, he strives to discover the meanings hidden within.

One of his famous collection of work is a set of carvings at the Haraz River near Mt. Damavand (near the village of Poloor, 65 kilometers from the Tehran-Amol road). This series, which he has named River Art, is composed of carved rocks that have been abandoned at the site where they were created. He intends to transform this area into a permanent repository for his art. Instead of being displayed in a gallery or museum, the artwork has been presented in nature itself. 

The designs on the riverbank are human figures, hands, feet, birds, goats, crabs, snakes and fish. Symbols of the Zodiac, the sun and the moon surround these designs, reminding the viewer that the images are not merely representations of nature, but symbolic concepts. A few examples of these carved images depict a man and a woman, hands raised upwards to cup a hollow in the rock, where water gathers during the rain for small birds to drink. These works recall Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility. There is a great slab of rock in the middle of this river, where another of these holes allows water to gather. A bird has been carved on this rock, its beak lowered into the hollow, appearing to drink from the water gathered there. Other birds have been carved near other pools of water along the riverbank.

A number of the works on the riverbank are images of hands. Eyes look out from the palms of these hands, and they are surrounded by symbols of water, fire and earth. The hands reach toward a plant growing near the top, away from the snake carved at the foot of the stone. This composition could symbolize a turning from evil, a yearning for growth, fertility and life, and perhaps the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The significance of these works lies in their use of natural elements like water and plants.

He abandons small carved stones on the riverbank. He leaves his contact numbers and website address (www.riverart.net) on these stones, yet has no inclination to disclose their exact whereabouts. What he intends is for the spectator searching for the artwork to perhaps discover something more valuable than his stones in nature. He then considers himself a partner in the spectators findings.

But not all of the work is in a small scale. One of his largest works, a rock about three meters long, shows a human figure, respectfully seated before a tree; perhaps the tree of life, or the tree of existence. He has carved various images on the stones lining the ground among the riverbank and houses, near bridges and on garden wallsa young piper, a womans face combined with an image of the moon, prints of human feet, birds and snakes, as well as many other abstract motifs. Set along the banks of the Haraz are a number of nets filled with stones, set by the villagers to provide barriers against flooding. Birds have been carved on the stones in these nets, birds that seem to be trapped in their net cages.

Most of the river carvings are fish, scattered across a distance kilometers long. In his childhood, the rivers of Poloor were filled with fish. With the gradual polluting of the waters the fish disappeared. Through his carvings, he wishes to tell us that the river still has fish, though only images remain. The fish is a symbol of life and fertility. Some of the fish are immersed in water, but a greater number are upon the stones that lie in the middle of the river, their bodies only partly under water. The rush of water constantly soaks them, while the bubbling of the river provides a suitable background for viewing the artwork. In spring, the fish are often completely submerged in water, while in summer and autumn they are often entirely dry. This effect is perhaps symbolic of global warming, drought and threats to survival. Yet to him, the fish symbolizes the human soul thirsty to experience life. One of his works at the First New Art Exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art was a video of his carvings on the riverbank, emphasizing the role of fish.

Through  ritual ceremony and performances, he hopes to sanctify nature. To him, walking along a riverbank and washing the stones, which he has already carved, is not only a performance, but also a prayer, a form of worship, an invocation. Perhaps even purification, the baptism of a culture from which only a fossilized image remains. One version of these performances, usually perform with his family (including his son, his wife and his mother) is a dedication to rain, blessings and fertility. Elements such as water, earth, fire and air are used in this work.

He often leaves traces of his wet hand on the dry rocks of a riverbank, or wet footprints on dry rocks. The imprints inevitably disappear after a few minutes. To him these finite and dying traces of hand or feet symbolize the material aspect of man, his mortality. These dying works by Nadalian, lasting no more than a few minutes, may appear a wholly different issue from the themes of fertility, creation and eternity which are depicted on stone forever. However, the link between them is that the basis upon which both have been created is water, and they are presented in the river.

His family, ordinary people and children are not only the audience of his performance, but also participants. For his body art, he invites an old man to join him. Their dialogue is very interesting. On the one hand, he performs contemporary art among the public, ordinary people, trying to make them simple and understandable. On the other hand, the beliefs of these very people enrich his works, and the culture which exist among his simple countrymen is the source of the works he displays and exhibits for intellectuals.

He greatly enjoys working with children.  The village children draw charcoal pictures on the rocks of the riverbank, and he uses these images to carve into the rocks. He uses the vision and abilities of children to pass his message on to next generation: a message of love, the love of nature.

 

 

 

Ahmad Nadalian

Ahmad Nadalian
Citizen of Polour
And its fishless rivers,
Carver of the fish
Of the Horaz River
And the Caspian Sea,
Is walking
Through the Damavand
Filling his basket
With stones.

What he hopes
To draw
With his chisel
And hammer

Is your attention.

Gwilym Williams

 

 

 

 

 

The Death of Goddess  and Fish

 

I was in search of my lost paradise. I wished to spend time surrounded by nature and living with nature. Upon my return to the land of my forefather I found that my paradise no longer existed. The wellspring was polluted and river no longer had fish. The rivers are sown and the meadows are planted with villas.  Factories are constructed on riverbeds and roads are built 

 I have created hundreds goddesses and fish on the stones of the river and have dedicated them to nature.  I wanted to build his own paradise.   I liked to believe that these fish are alive, and were swimming against the tides.  My most beautiful moments were when I sat watching the turbulent water of the river, and the frolic of my imaginary fish. The darkest moments were when I witnessed the death of the fish.  I saw his my buried time and again. Due to a lack of respect, these figures have historically been ignored and distorted. I reproduce my destroyed works, and for me, they are metaphors for nature and the life of living creatures who endure pain, suffering, and are destroyed by the evils of our time.

I have taken refuge in the deep ravines where I can overcome evil. There is a temple where I am at peace to worship water. I am not tired. I am determined as ever to build my paradise. More

 

 

 

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