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Ahmad Nadalian, "Fish in USA - Seattle", carved river rock, Seattle ,WA, 2005.

Ahmad Nadalian

According to a tradition in the north of Iran images of fish or snakes can be a sign of treasure. 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 traveled to cities and remote regions in every continent (with the exception of Antarctica) to work with children and local residents to create countless treasures which are then tossed into rivers and buried under the earth, spreading his message on a scale that few artists have before.

Nadalian's "message to contemporary man is to remain aware of the dangers of environmental disasters and political crises. If there is any audiences in the future, this work will tell them the story of life and humanity." Most of the images are of fish but some include hand prints, or the foot prints or humans or wild animals. These carved stones are sometimes ritually scattered for kilometers along a river. "In his childhood, the   . .(Read more)

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