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Photos: The Development of Paradise Art Center in Hormoz

By Ahmad Nadalian, RiverArt

The Paradise Art Center in Hormoz Island hosted many Iranian and international visitors this year.

I was pleased with the outcome and decided to enhance the development of the artworks in Hormoz

Hormoz Island is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf. It is located in the Strait of Hormoz
and is part of the Hormozgan Province.


We repaired the walls and painted them with the colored soil.
This is our projection screen

This picture shows the wall before restoration and painting.

The children of Hormoz painted on the walls

All these different colors are made by the local colored soil

More visitors came to the center

The crowd who visits our center is very diverse

I usually explain the purpose of the project to all of the visitors

Many of them record it by their video camera or even their cell phones. After their visit, they usually post their photos and films on the virtual space of Internet.

As a result of this networking, more people come and visit our center

All visitors pay an entrance fee

Prior to the establishment of the art center, this place used to be a spot for alcoholics and drug users.

The site is now a residential art center, museum and an art gallery. The visitors purchase the artworks made by local women.

On of the smallest shop in the world!

I hope that tourism can enhance the lives of local communities

Some of the visiting artists were the participants of an international symposium that was taken place in Hormoz

The local community, mostly women and children, also visited the center.

One of the women painted the patterns on the wall.

These are the girls of our neighborhood

They are interested to know what goes on in the center

My wife Atal loves Hormoz and the children living there

In March of 2011, my family including my mom joined me to stayed in Hormoz for three weeks

We had a good time

During the holiday of Nowrouz more artists visited there. We started a mural on the south side of the center

There are many weddings during holiday

The wedding was a source of inspiration

This painting was not finished yet

Two years ago, this house did not have any color or spirit

It has both color and liveliness now

I am quite satisfied and thrilled

About Ahmad Nadalian

Ahmad Nadalian 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. Also he has been invited as a guest lecturer to different universities, organizations and art centers, during his visits he has given talks and workshops on a variety of relevant art issues such as Environmental and Interactive arts He also organized many major environmental art festivals in his native country Iran, and has helped to supervise young environmental artists around the globe.

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