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Accident and Improvisation: Works on Wali Asr Street, Tehran

By Ahmad Nadalian, Iran

In  2006 I carved a collection of images on the stones pavement of Wali Asr Street, one of the longest avenues in Tehran. These works were inspired by Persian mythology and art images of Iran’s past: creation creatures, the first couple, various animals, and abstract patterns.

Some of these works had been damaged and broken by the company who installed them. They had a shortage of stones, and they subsequently cut the stones that I had already carved into rectangular shapes and re-used them at the site. It appears that they did not really regard my works to be very important.  Maybe they assumed that I wasa paid worker or artisan whose works could be easily reproduced.

Even though these original works were destroyed, new creative works were created in their place. This accident or misfortune inspired me to link these damaged images to social subjects or happenings and to cut the new works myself.   The fragmented images of man are an overall metaphor for contemporary man and the tendency to devastate. This was a new chapter in my art activities and process. Accident always seems to lead me to improvising and creating new works.

See more pictures on Nadalian's web site.

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