A stony protest against government policies by a local in southeastern Iran turns into a popular tourist attraction decades later.
The Garden of Stones is located in the vicinity of Balvard Village, 45 km to the southeast of Sirjan, a town in the southeastern province of Kerman. Darvish Khan Gong Esfandiyarpour, who festooned his dried and dead trees with stones back in 1961 in protest at a series of planned land reforms introduced by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, never thought that his garden would one day find a place on the list of tourist attractions in Kerman Province. Darvish Khan passed away in 2007 at the age of 90 and was buried in the same stone garden he had created.
Among other filmmakers, Parviz Kimiavi, a famous director and screenwriter, has made two films about Darvish Khan. His first film featuring Darvish Khan and his family was produced in 1971. The second was a documentary entitled The old man and his garden of stones which came out 23 years later.
The following is a photo gallery of the Garden of Stones that Irandesert.com has posted on its website: