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These projects were made possible due to the support and encouragement of numerous individuals and organizations.  A special thanks to: Georgiy Mamedov, Konstantinos Politis,  Adrienn Hruskaad,  Jamshid Holikov, Faruh,  Umed & Sabohat Donajorova,  Surayo Tuychieva, Ismatov Bahrom,Tursunov Buston,  Roshanak Ostad,  Patricia Hickey , Oksana Shatalova , Artur Boljurov and many other individuals along the way whose names I might have missed.

Many thanks to Swiss Embassy at Tajikistan.

 

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?

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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)

 

 

 

 

 


Journey across Tajikistan The Holiness of Rocks: New Works by Ahmad Nadalian

Between August 11th -25th I traveled to Tajikistan as a part of International festival of Nature Art and I performed a collection of environmental art projects in nature.

 

My fish in Dushanbe River
 

In the beginning of my trip I carved a collection of fish in Dushanbe River that passes across the capital of Tajikistan.  Then we traveled to east Tajikistan.  The final destination was Pamir Mountain in Badakhshan province. During our journey we stopped in different villages and occasionally I performed  some projects. 

In a place named Hoze Kaboud I swam in a pond or lake and chose two stones. After carving fish I swam again and left them under the water in the pond bed.  It gave me  pleasure to experience living and swimming like a fish.

In Badakhshan I had a presentation and showed my works to other artists and local people.

I did more carving in the mountain region of Pamir. It was amazing that according to belief of local people many rocks are holy. They believe prophets and mystic passed there.  That is why sometimes you will see the hand or feet symbols carved on the rocks. As a part of a long project across the globe I added my own hand and feet traces there.  I also adopted a ritual of ancient Persia and preformed some works which recall the holiness of natural elements such as water and fire.

The other carvings I left were the images of goddess and mythological gods which is related to the past of people in Tajikistan and Iran.  One of my carvings whish show the birth of Mithra, god of sun is dedicated to the national museum of Badakhshan.  In Tajikistan I never felt as a foreigner. I could communicate with people with my mother language and I enjoyed the richness of culture which is the same sources of culture as we have in Iran. 

 

 Performsnce in Hoze Kaboud

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carving in Pamir Mountain

 

The birth of Mithra god of sun

 

People believe this mountain show a portrait of man

 

Profile of  Siyawash God of earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Paradise

 

 

 

 

Adrienn Hruskaad,  Jamshid Holikov and Hesamoldin assisted me to carve a collection of images in Pershinof

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Pamir I carved images of fish on small stones and drop them in rivers.  

 

 

 

 

I also carved my footprints  on a stone in Tosian.

 

Fish in river of Panj near Chehel Tan village