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
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.
"I was so impressed with
your concept, working at low tide in the early mornings to carve signs that
during the day would be concealed. It calls into question so much about
time, history, language, meaning, and sculpture."More
About Ahmad Nadalian
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.
"Personally, I believe
that the Internet has changed the art and culture of many societies and
will soon permeate every aspect of life. A simple explanation could be
that the Internet is a window to the world through which we can see and be
seen." A. Nadalian
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This multimedia work by Nadalian show a virtual
representation and personal interpretation of
انرژی هسته ای
این اثر چند
رسانه ای تجسم مجازی و تفسیر شخصی احمد نادعلیان از انرژی هسته ای میباشد.
Body Painting and
Performance- Behzad & Ahmad Nadalian
Signification of Trees
Tree in Persian culture has
symbolic signification. According to Zoroastrian mythology, the seed of
the first man (Gayomart), grew as a plant which turned into the first
human couple. The fruit of the tree symbolized the races of mankind and
they finally assumed human form.
In Zoroastrian religious texts , it has been mentioned that Gardens of
Paradise are adorned with the blossoming trees and multi-coloured
flowers and eternal springs.
The cypress is an ancient
Aryan symbol of immortality and the conception of it is the most
essential in Zoroastrian religion. This tree was considered especially
sacred, a symbol of Ahura, Mazda. Among the filowers the rosette
is a sun symbols.
In the Manichaean religion also, the
kingdom of light and darkness or prince of good and evil are symbolized by two
trees of life and death. The Tree of life is decorated with all that is
beautiful and is illuminated with all good things. In Manichaean belief
"the kingdom of light" is ornamented "with flowers".
The names of some symbolic
trees are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. The Prophet of Islam, Muhammad,
on his journey to Heaven, saw two trees in paradise and hell. One of the
trees was Tuba, a great tree with branches of emerald and pearl,
laden with fruit of all kinds and of exquisite flowers. According
to Islamic tradition the Tuba is a tree in paradise. God planted
it with his own hand and breathed his spirit into it. The faithful see
the Tuba tree in paradise. This symbolic tree of Tuba , in
its macrocosmic aspect, is a symbol of the cosmos.
In some Sufi poems, the garden
symbolizes the state of ecstasy of a mystic’s heart.The garden also symbolized
Unity, and flowers symbolized multiplicity. Sufis say the whole world is joyful
because of His presence. Spring is symbolized as the rapture and rejoicing of
the spiritual state.
For Sufis the cypress tree is an
important symbol, because it remains green and keeps a kind of substantial,
reassuring freshness. This tree symbolizes potential wholeness, for biologically
it is a tree which contains the masculine and feminine principles within itself,
it is a form which appears frequently in iconography. In Sufi poetry, the beauty
of the body of the beloved is symbolized as a cypress tree.
In many Sufi poems, flowers had
religious significance. Flowers are also symbols of worship and pure morals.
Sufis say in their ecstasy and a spiritual journey, they observed illuminated
space and a garden which was adorned with colourful flowers.