Tree of Life:  16th Environmental Art Festival in Iran    -  Noushahr-  North of Iran   (May 2008)
Photos by Raheleh Zomorodinia & Ahmad Nadalian
Report  by Ahmad Nadalian

During  last week (April 29 –May 4, 2008) a new environmental art festival was held on the coast of Caspian Sea, in the north of Iran . More than 140 artists from different part of Iran gathered on this beautiful region to create environmental installations and sand sculptures. The festival also included a number of art performances.  

 
 

 
I will carve fish for the whole of my life.  For me the birth of my imaginary fish, their effort to survive, the ugliness of the evil times that destroy my fish all are a metaphor for the life of human beings in the present and the world we are living in.
 
 
I used red earth and painted portraits of young artists.   I often depict mythological symbols.  Snakes can frequently be seen in my works. I use this symbol as a reference; the exclusion of Adam and Eve in heaven.   Many of his themes find their roots in the beginning of time when humans first started to evolve global mythologies in relation to their lives on earth. They have old meanings but new applications.  
 
 
 
I saw the bird of the celestial garden...
She has fallen into the net of this earthly world …
 
The other bird was in cage …
 
 
I am the bird of the celestial garden, not from the earthly world, for a while they have made a cage from my body.
 
They captured him …
 
His bones show his pain …
 
 
 
Wound of nature …
Wound of human …
 
 
 
Our horse is now death …
 
 
A paradise near hell …
Our bad behavior…
 
W appreciates nature…  
 
We sing song…  
 
 
Endless way…  
 
 
 
 
A place for worshiping …
 
 
 
 
 
Who can hunt the meaning of our animals …
 
 
Fertility of nature…
 
 
 
 
Construction of idea…
 
 
A way… Vastness of sea…