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Green People

 

 

Paradise & Hell :18th Environmental Art Festival

 

 

 

Earth Paintings - Hormoz Island March 2009

 

 

Bicycle Art & Recycle Art

Do you know that you can rent this bicycle in Hormoz?

 

Archetypal story: Earth painting

 

 A gift of Persian Gulf from me to people and from people to tourists

 

 

Red earth surrounded my soul

 

Transformation of ugliness to beauty

 

A ritual for rain  & feet traces

 

Thanks to Mr Zarshenas and Salamati, members of the city canciel in Hormoz. They provided the bicycle of peace.

Hasan and Aboulrasoul Daryapeima who facilitated my projects. 

Khadijeh Khonjizadeh,

 

Alireza Mahwari Habib Abadi the head of Persian Gulf Marine Environmental research center who hosted me in their center

and Kaniz family (her mother , daughter and son) who cooked food for me...

 

Paintings by Coloured Earth

 

In Paradise

 

Jumping Frogs

 

PARADISE (PARDIS) is a celestial garden.  The words of paradeisos in Greek, paradise in European languages, and firdaws in Arabic, originally came from Persia the "Avestan pairi-daeza" , meaning garden, itself was the terrestrial image of the celestial garden of paradise. The term of paradise also means a piece of land made more agreeable than its surroundings by cultivation or an enclosure, and especially a royal park.

In the Islamic religious text paradise (firduws), is described as an eternal spring and garden with which the trees have continuous blossoms and everything is joyful.   In this garden, there is no time and its inhabitants are all young.   According to Sufis, paradise is the manifestation of absolute beauty and the inhabitants of "Paradise" enter into every beautiful form that they conceive and desire . Moslem mystics simply interpreted paradise as being the good deeds of man.

 

Journey across South Africa: The Sprit of Rocks and Water

 

Calendar of our journey in South Africa

 

Black & White People

 

Sand Print in Africa

 

Freed Fish

 

 

In Paradise

 

Environmental art is the art of the future.  We can learn how to behave with nature. I wish in the future we could have one environmental art event per day.

 

 

Pleasure of New life

 

Art in the Landscape

Marked in Stone and Sand

An Iranian sculptor brings his art to the river, beaches—and parks.

By Robert C. Morgan

 

 

Direct Dialogue of two Iranian and American artists for Peace

 



"The Bird of Peace”

On the first January 2008 we received British sculptor, Benjamin Hewett (Ben) who came to our Paradise. On the 2nd of April 2008, Ben went back home. Before he left I give him one of my carvings which had a design of a bird. I called this bird “the Bird of Peace”. Ben will take it home and make a nest in a hollow of a tree where he lives and this bird will start a new life.

 

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

 

Benjamin Hewett

 

 

Dialogues in Diversity  

By John K. Grande

 

Print of Goddess

 

Deer feet


Painting by Red earth

 

Carved Stone in Hormoz

 

Environmental Art Festival on the Persian Gulf

 

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

 

Painting by colored Earth

 


Works by Nadalian in USA

 

Environmental Installation and Music with Garbage

 

Adam & Eve in Sunrise

 

View in Heaven

 

New works by Nadalian in “Verdearte” 2006:  Italy

 

Environmental Installations and Performance

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Performance and Environmental Installations

 

Environmental Installation and Music with Garbage

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

View in Heaven

 

Environmental Installations and Performance

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Performance and Environmental Installations

 

Environmental Installation and Music with Garbage

 

More: Painting on fabric by colored Earth

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Environmental Installations and Performance

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Performance and Environmental Installations

 

Environmental Installation and Music with Garbage

 

 

Designs on Portraiture by Red Earth

 

Print of Goddess

 


Painting by Red earth

 

Carved Stone in Hormoz

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival (More Works)  (December 2007)

 

Print of Goddess

 

Deer feet


Painting by Red earth

 

Carved Stone in Hormoz

 

 

Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival   (December 2007)

 

Second section: Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival

 

Works in China

 

Works in Rock Creek River- Washington DC

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri

 

Carved Stones in New York

 

Carved Stones in Santa Fe (New Mexico)

 

Reaction to ignoring historic site

 

Sand Print in Desert

 

Second section: Persian Gulf Environmental Art Festival

 

Works in China

 

Report: Kerman Environmental Art Festival

 

Dream of Peace in Persian Gulf

 

 

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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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

 

About Ahmad Nadalian

By Professor  Robert C. Morgan
 

 

"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

 

Dialogues in Diversity  

By John K. Grande

Painting by Red earth

 


UNDER THE DOME OF TIME:
Two Iranian Sculptors

By Professor  Robert C. Morgan
 

 

In Paradise

 

Environmental art is the art of the future.  We can learn how to behave with nature. I wish in the future we could have one environmental art event per day.

 

Pleasure of New life

 

 

In Paradise

 

 

 

 


23rd Environmental Art Festival in Iran - Paradise Environmental Art Center

 

Fire

 

Report by Ahmad Nadalian

 

Photo: Somayeh Zamani

Introduction

Environmental art in Iran is perceived and depicted as a multi-layered phenomenon. Macrocosmic and microcosmic aspects of the universe are reflected in this art form. Human beings have heavenly wishes and dreams, nevertheless, we can also be prisoners of our earthly desires.  Heaven and earth meet in the human body .

We have a desire to perceive heaven. But without seeing what is very near, we cannot see far.  On a smoky earth, we cannot see heaven.

 

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The environmental art festivals held in Polour, Iran often deal with the natural elements of water, earth, air, and fire. The human body consists of natural elements. Last year during the  18th Environmental Art Festival of Summer 2008, we realized a collaborative project named, "Paradise & Hell".  The fire of "hell" was to purify our "bad deeds" …    

 

 

Once again Iranian environmental artists gathered near Damawand volcanic mountain. This time we had quite a few Azari artists participating. 'Azar' means fire, and it is the name for the people of the Azarbayjan province in Iran. Iranian has good tide with fire.   

 

 

We desired to extend last year's project in a new context.

 

 

We desired to extend last year's project in a new context.

 

Light is the illumination and wisdom of our being. Once in history, fire was our orientation for praying, and many times the fires of foolishness destroyed our environment.  In the one hand, fire is light and can purify, and on the other hand, it can destroy everything.  We intended to experience fire so that our bodies might perhaps perceive the truth of light?

 

 

The human body consists of different elements. Man's body recognizes warmth and cold. Elements such as water, earth, air and light fertilize the tree of  a human's life. 

The meeting of fire and statues made by the earth make them solid and eternal, but the meeting of wood with fire results in non-existence. 

 

 

 

In the shadow of an apple tree, we used the branches of the tree of life and shaped our bodies.  

 

 

 

 

It was a window to myths, history, nature, life, and the art of being alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did not know if it was the day of creation, restoration, or judgment? 

 

 

The first men and women were there

 

 

 

They stood firm

 

 

Seven bodies aviated fire

 

Photo: Raheleh Zomorodinia

 

They burned. The result of fire in their bodies was the enlightenment of truth

 

Photo: Raheleh Zomorodinia

 

 

 

 

Photo: mehdi Motewali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

They could not resist anymore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavenly pain and earthly wound  

 

 

 

 

The warmth and illumination of fire surrounded the entirety of our bodies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The warmth and illumination of fire surrounded the entirety of our bodies 

 

 

 

 

The warmth and illumination of fire surrounded the entirety of our bodies 

 

 

 

 

The warmth and illumination of fire surrounded the entirety of our bodies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recalled that once we were green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We danced with fire

 

Photo: Raheleh Zomorodinia

 

Collaborative work by Raheleh Zomorodinia, Shahrnaz Zarkesh, Tara Goudarzi, Mahmoud Maktabi, Hesam Al Din Mohamadian, Atefeh Khas, ...

 

Photo: Raheleh Zomorodinia

 

We were by fire and light for the whole night

 

 

 

We witnessed the rebirth of sunlight during the next morning

 

Work by Fereshteh Alamshah