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Iranian artist Nadalian wins top award at Italy's Verdearte

TEHRAN, Aug. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian land artist Ahmad Nadalian won the top award at Italy's Verdearte Exhibition on August 12, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Saturday.

He was the only one of the 40 foreign artists participating in the event who won an award.

Nadalian performed his land art in a pristine mountain area just outside of the village of Stiappa, which is near the town of Pescia. He created several installation works and stone engravings in the shape of horseshoes, which bring good luck according to the beliefs of the local inhabitants, and scattered them on the road during the two-day exhibit.

It is an honor to have Nadalian participate in the event since he is known throughout the world for his land art, Verdearte Exhibition secretary Barbara Melli had said earlier.

Nadalian also held several workshops for a group of German students from Bielefeld University who attended the exhibit.

Martin Bauer, the head of the German group, said that nobody knew how Nadalian's works would turn out, but he created his works based on the environment, people, and everyday issues.

It is essential that we realize that industry and the economy remove things from nature in order to earn money and mostly ruin nature, although there is no sign of destruction in Nadalian's works, Bauer observed.

"He tries to show the value of nature to the people of the present and future. He interferes with stones but does no harm to them, and we must learn how to make use of nature without destroying it," he added.

Nadalian dedicated one of his installation works at the exhibit as a symbol of solidarity with the Lebanese people upon the request of Barbara Melli.

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