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Nadalian @ Dialogues in Diversity  

By John K. Grande

 

Mythological Treasures or Contemporary Art

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 DamavendMore

 



Art Tomorrow

 

Works by Nadalian in USA

 

Hidden Treasures

Works in Other Countries

 

Works by Nadalian in Bangladesh

 

Works by Nadalian in Uzbekistan

 

Collaboration with Children

 

Works in Paris

 

Works In Arangeh

 

L'Eau Partagee: Work in South of France )

 

Hidden Treasures: An Art Exhibition for next Millenniums  Persian

 

L'Eau Partagee: Work in South of France )

Artists at Paradise International Center

 

Travel to France : Exhibition & Works by Nadalian in Ramatuelle- Golfe de Saint Tropez in France  (From Escalet to Pampelonne)

 

Works In Italy

 

Works In Germany

 

The International Center for Creation and exhibition of  Art in Nature

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Hidden Treasures: An Art Exhibition for next Millenniums      Persian

During his frequent travels to different parts of the world, Nadalian has buryed many of his carved stones in different land.   In addition, many artists and individuals,  from different nationality carried out and buried his carvings in the different place of the earth.  These mostly show images of fish and human hand and foot traces and animals.   He documented some of these and presented here.

 

 

Red People - Kansas City Missouri  

 

 

 

Mythological Treasures or Contemporary Art

 

 

 

 

 

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"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth has always been the cradle and maybe cemetery of civilizations and cultures. The objects and pieces which can be found from earth, show the beliefs, life and more importantly the beauty of the mind of people of past.

In many cases we people who live now are the consumers of the art of  the past.  What have we got to say to the people of next generations?   What is our heritage for them ?

Global warmness, pollution, wars and crises across the world may terminate life of most of living creatures including human beings.

His message to contemporary man is to remain aware of the dangers of environmental disasters and political crises. He also wishes to pass on the message to the audiences of the next millenniums.

Nadalian’s art focuses on the most fundamental crises in contemporary world.  If there is any audiences in the future, his work will tell them the story of life and humanity.

 

 

The story of this project began when the  people in Poloor started to excavate the place where Nadalian carved images on the rocks.  They hoped to find treasures.

According to a tradition in the north of Iran the images of fish or snake can be a sign of treasure. Nadalian never ignored that his works are a sign of treasure, when he heard the story. 

To him, treasure is not  valuable things from a material aspect, but rather an immortal value, which can be art. He believes there is an eternal and timeless meaning beyond the physical aspect of his works.

Nadalian uses this accident to produce new collection of works. He has started to bury many of his  carved stones in earth.  His carvings show living creatures such as human traces (hands or feet or goat, or ...) .  These are widespread in his homeland Iran (across the mythical mountain of Damavand) and many other countries around the glob.  Nadalian given his carving to tourists who travel to different countries.  They bury his works on behalf of him.  In many cases the process of burials have been recorded.

He is preparing the maps of burial  places (both manually and digitally)  and keep them in a safe place.  He wishes to pass his message to the audiences of next millennium.

 

When Nadalian was in New York he preformed his hidden Treasure project in Manhattan.  This carved stone was buried in Manhattan central park. The symbolic ray of light inspired by Statue of Liberty.  However this symbol originally rooted in Persian sun god Mithra.

 

Trésors cachés…

Une exposition d’Art pour les prochains  millénaires… 

La Terre est depuis toujours le berceau et sera peut-être le cimetière de toutes civilisations et de leurs cultures…

Leurs vestiges, image de toutes les croyances et de la vie,  sont l’âme des peuples anciens et le reflet primordial de la grande beauté de leur esprit…

Pour Nadalian, la terre d’aujourd’hui est un musée.

Et pour les prochaines générations ?

Quel sera leur héritage ?…

Pour sa part, l’artiste a commencé à enterrer beaucoup de ses galets gravés tout autour de la plage de Pampelonne …tout comme à travers le monde : en Iran, au Liban, en Italie, en Allemagne, en Espagne, en Finlande ….

Ses gravures sont des poissons, des empreintes de pieds et de mains, des dessins évoquant la fécondité…

Des symboles  et trésors de vie qu’il immortalise…

Le réchauffement de la Terre, la pollution, les guerres mettent en péril la vie des créatures vivantes dont l’espèce humaine.

Son message : Nadalian  aimerait sensibiliser l’homme d’aujourd’hui aux dangers des désordres tant environnementaux que politiques.

Et si un être humain vit encore sur cette Terre dans les prochains millénaires, le travail de l’artiste lui  racontera  l’histoire de la vie et de l’humanité.

 


I saw one fish man who wanted go to the sea hide his shoeless. This event recall Nadalian Hidden Treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RiverArt.Net introduces works by Ahmad Nadalian who is internationally known for his environmental art projects.  His works draw upon a wide range of symbols from ancient rituals and mythologies with new interpretations to those belonging to the contemporary subject matters that emerge from the use of his new style of languages and technologies. His concepts therefore, are expressed through a variety of media and techniques, including carved stones, installations, performances, video, and web art and interactive pieces which require the participation of the general public.  


  

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"

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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"