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Artist Nadalian to ride bicycle of peace on Persian Gulf Coast

TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian land artist Ahmad Nadalian is to ride the bicycle of peace on the Persian Gulf Coast. Nadalian will arrive on Hormoz Island on Sunday and will be riding the bicycle on the sands of Persian Gulf, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.

The tire of the bicycle bears an imprint of the phrase "Dream of Peace in the Persian Gulf" and anybody who rides the bicycle will cause the phrase to be engraved in the sands.


Nadalian is determined to ride a distance over 1400km on the sand. The distance symbolically is equal to the length of the Persian Gulf coast from Khorramshahr to Bandar Abbas.

"I made use of an old tire and prepared the letters in English first and later attached them on the original tire of the bike," he said.

Nadalian believes that by writing the phrase in English, it will receive wider attention in the media and will more effectively carry the message of the Iranian nation to the world.

"I aim to preserve the geographical, political and cultural boundaries of my country Iran, and I believe art is the best means to help fight against distortion of the name 'Persian Gulf'," he concluded.

Nadalian will be holding the First Persian Gulf International Sand Sculpture Festival on the theme of "World Peace and Friendship" from March 16 to April 5 in the southern Iranian port of Genaveh.


About Ahmad Nadalian: Ahmad Nadalian who is internationally known for his environmental art projects.  His works draw upon a wide range of symbols from ancient rituals and mythologies with new interpretations to those belonging to the contemporary subject matters that emerge from the use of his new style of languages and technologies. His concepts therefore, are expressed through a variety of media and techniques, including carved stones, installations, performances, video, and web art and interactive pieces which require the participation of the general public.  

He is internationally known as one of the most active environmental artists. He has been supported and sponsored by many different organizations in many countries throughout the world, where he has performed numerous environmental art projects in countries such as; Italy, Germany, USA, UK, Spain, France, China, Netherlands,   Greece,  Russia, Uzbekistan,  Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Finland, Lebanon, Syria,  Azerbaijan,  Sweden, Denmark,  United Arab Emirates,  Qatar,  Kuwait, Turkey, Switzerland, Serbia ....and his homeland Iran. (read more)

Nadalian's Web Site: RiverArt

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