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Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Holiness of Image Hidden Treasure in  Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Abigail Doan

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.



Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

See More at :

http://abigaildoan.blogspot.com

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in Verdearte 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf Works By Ahmad Nadalian

 

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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.   More

 

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.  more

 

 

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in Verdearte 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Holiness of Image Hidden Treasure in  Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

Prehistoric Fish Found in Central Park

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Abigail Doan

A week or so ago my Iranian artist friend, Dr. Ahmad Nadalian, visited New York City and several other US cities on an official invite for a sponsored exhibition that he was having in Washington, D.C. I met him on a bright, sunny morning in the northern woods of Central Park where he was carving several of his 'prehistoric' river art fishes. Dr. Nadalian has a long tradition of submerging his carved rocks in rivers and bodies of water where they might forever add to the spirit and environmental protection of the place. The artist also views the fish symbol as being emblematic of the human soul.



Amazingly, before tossing one of his carved rocks into a pool below a rushing waterfall, a local turtle made an appearance adjacent to the rock that was soon to be submerged. A sign perhaps that the native species of an urban park approve of this new addition to their habitat?

See More at :

http://abigaildoan.blogspot.com

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival Second section


Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

New Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf

 

New Carved Rocks in Hormoz Island (Persian Gulf)  March 2007

 

 

Works in USA

 

New works by Nadalian in Verdearte 2006:  Italy

 

Works in Iran

 

Works in UK

 

Works  in France

 

Works In Germany

 

Works  in Turkey

 

Print on Sand in the Coast of Persian Gulf Works By Ahmad Nadalian

 

Click Here to Download larger size Images

 

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.   More

 

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

 

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Environmental Works by  Ahmad Nadalian in UK

 

 

 


Journey across China The Land of Dragon

In September of 2007 I traveled to China and was able to perform a collection of environmental art projects in several regions of this vast country.

 

My first destination was Urumqi in northwestern China. I explored the city and left some carvings on rocks and then traveled to Guangzhou in southern China. Afterwards I journeyed to Guilin where I had meetings with local artists, experienced local Chinese culture and foods, and performed some of my projects.

 

Elephant Trunk Hill - Guilin

 

I used a boat on the Lijiang River to travel from Guilin to Yangshuo where I realized many environmental projects.  The unique natural scenery of the region has always been a magnet for far eastern poets and artists.   During my journey I dropped many of my stones carved with the image of fish into the river. It was very exciting to capture the moment when my stone fish meets the water.

 

My stone fish meets the water

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Between Guilin to Yangshuo, Lijiang travels 83 kilometers. Along the river banks are the spectacular landscapes and elegant hills, the towering peaks, the variegated cliffs and odd-shaped crags reflected in the mirror of its crystal-clear water and wonderful pools, running springs and flying waterfalls everywhere. A lot of excellent poems and literary works in ancient and modern appreciate her beauty. Han Yu, a great poet in Tang Dynasty, had written a popular poem to praise the beautiful scenery of Lijiang River.
 

The river winds like a blue silk ribbon,
While the hills erect like green jade hairpins.
 

Lijiang River

 

 

 

Lijiang River

 

 

 

 Yangshuo

 

 

Dragon Bridge

 

The Dragon symbol or form can be seen everywhere in China  - in old murals and carvings to new decorations and advertisements. This mythological and imaginary creature was also a source of inspiration for some of my carvings in Yangshuo. I left one of my carvings with an image of the dragon in the Dragon River near Dragon Bridge. I also hid one of my dragons on the top of Moon Hill, and I carved a dragon on a rock on Dragon Mountain near Yangshuo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon Mountain

 

Moon Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I spent about 24 hours in a bus

 

I spent an entire day trying to find the temple

 

My final destination was Jinjiang City in east China. The initial aim was to visit Cao'an Temple, a Manichean shrine founded by the Persian sage Mani (circa 216-276).  It was a long journey to get there, and I spent about 24 hours in a bus. It is very difficult to find people who speak foreign languages in this region, so it was very difficult to communicate. I spent an entire day trying to find the temple on Huabiao Hill near Jinjiang City (Quanzhou). The temple and garden around this site look like paradise.  I dedicated one of my carvings to this temple. The carving depicts the portrait of the Persian sage Mani, the founder of this religion.  In Jinjiang I also carved traces of my feet to indicate symbolically that I was there. I also hid one of my carvings by a huge tree. 

 

Manichean Cao'an Temple,  on Huabiao Hill near Jinjiang

 

 

 

 

Manicheaism,founded in the third century in Persia,had been transmitted to Xinjiang in western China and to the Tang capital of Chang'an by the seventh or eighth century. It became known as the Religion of Light(Mingjiao), and gradually assimilated to buddhism. Inthe Song and Yuan periods,Quanzhou was one of the most important bases of Manichaean activities in China. This surviving sculptury of Mani in the Cao'an Temple is a world cultural treasure.

 

Portrait of Mani, the founder of Manichean

Mani  was born of Iranian (Parthian) parentage in Babylon, which was a part of Persian Empire about 210-276 CE.  He was a religious preacher and the founder of Manichaeism, an ancient Persian gnostic religion that was once prolific but is now extinct. Neo-Manichaeism is a modern revivalist movement not directly connected to the ancient faith but is sympathetic to the teachings of Mani.  Some historians claim he was of Persian parentage. Mani's father, Fatik or Pattig, was from Hamadan and his mother, Maryam, was of the family of the Kamsaragan, who claimed kinship with the Parthian royal house. During his lifetime, Manis earliest missionaries were active in Mesopotamia, Persia, Palestine and Syria and in Egypt.

 

 

I dedicated one of my carvings to this temple

 

 

 

In Jinjiang I also carved traces of my feet

 

 

Jinjiang is not the only locale that features a Manichaean temple. There are others around Torpan City in northwestern China.  Before I returned home I visited the Bizalkik Caves situated high in the cliffs of  the west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountain, 45 km (28miles) east of Turpan. Of the 83 original caves, 57 caves currently remain. The murals cover an area over 1, 200 square meters (12,917 square feet) in more than 40 caves.  The river that flows by the caves now has my fish.

 

 

 

Bizalkik Caves

Bizalkik Thousand Buddha Caves stand high on the cliffs of west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountain, 45 km (28miles) east of Turpan. Of the 83 original caves, 57 caves currently remain. The murals cover an area over 1, 200 square meters (12,917 square feet) in more than 40 caves.