Iranian environmental artist Ahmad Nadalian uses an ancient printing method to create fascinating ephemeral works on sand. To make the Sand Prints, Nadalian carves cylinder seals (in stone, glass, or clay) featuring his own designs–fish, snakes, crabs, flowers–then rolls the cylinders on beaches or in deserts, creating repeating patterns in the sand. The resulting pieces naturally blend into the sandy landscapes, lasting only as long as the wind or water allows. Viewers are invited to explore, touch, or even disrupt the works.
A self-declared eco-advocate, Nadalian’s work is inspired by the natural world, as well as by rituals, materials, and symbols of the ancient past.
“I have always been interested in making bridges,” he said, “bridges between ancient symbols and new media, bridges between folk art and intellectual art.”
Nadalian’s fleeting Sand Prints act as offerings to the Earth, a way of reconciling our damaged relationship with the environment. “Art offers a blessing and hope for harmony with the past, with the earth, and the heavens,” he says.
(via My Modern Met)