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Iranian Artist Buries Work in Central Park, Manhattan

Tehran, 20 June 2005 (CHN) - Iranian artist, Ahmad Nadalian, has buried his art work entitled "Mithra, the Goddess" in Central Park, Manhattan, NY, to be discovered years from now by future generations.

The burial is part of an innovative program by Nadalian called "secret treasures" which is so far carried out in France and America, aimed at preserving some art treasures of the time for the future generations who are to live on earth.

Nadalian started his program in Polur area of Damavand Mountains, Iran. He buries his creations so that next generations will discover them and understand that art has been part of their predecessors' life.

Nadalian has so far buried some of his works in France and in the United States, including in Seattle and Washington Suburbs, and in his latest step in Central Park, Manhatan. The art work buried in Central Park is a statue of Mithra, the goddess of Mithraism who became an angel in Zoroastrian beliefs.

"The Statue of Freedom which stands today as the symbol of the US is inspired by a Roman statue kept in one of the country's museums. That statue is moreover influenced by Mithra, the goddess of Mithraism cult of Iran. I built an statue of her and hid it underneath the Central Park ground to remind the American posterity that Iranian culture and history was once present in NY and had an influence on different cultures," explains Nadalian.

On his trip to France, Nadalian did some carvings on Seine River stones and carved 100 other stones with cooperation of French children alongside a seminar held on water issues. These 100 stones are to be exhibited in France in autumn, with the incomes going for solving parts of water shortage problems in Burkina Faso, Western Africa.

... Payvand News - 6/23/05 ... --

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