Bakhtegan Lake, the second largest inland lake and one of the most important migratory birds' habitat in Iran, has become completely dry and literally turned into a salt lake since many years ago due to various reasons including but not limited to constructed dam(s) on the feeding Kur river, significantly reduced rainfalls, drought, etc.
The conceptual artist, Ali Rastegar, with more than two decades of activities background in arts who was grown up and lived in Shiraz near this phenomenal lake, decided to do an art performance at the location of dried lake in order to raise the public's awareness and attract attention from local authorities, media agencies, and the community to this environmental catastrophe Although swimming the length of a lake or sea to raise awareness of environmental impacts is not a new concept in the world, swimming a (salt?) lake without any water present, may be considered as a new idea of it's own category.
Hence, creating a media's headline titled "A performance artist aims to swim dried Bakhtegan Lake with distance of 80km" will present a bitter irony with a chance of attracting more attention to this disastrous phenomenon This performance was carried out by the artist and his passionate team of 4 people within 3 days.
A fish tank with dimensions of 2.5 x 0.7 x 0.6m was transported, installed and filled with water on site (lake's central location) and the artist performed on the spot swimming in the tank with continuation of four hours each day.