“Man and Woman” is a 26 foot tall animated steel sculpture by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. It is installed in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia. The two figures represent a Muslim boy, Ali, and a Georgian princess, Nino, from a famous 1937 novel by Azerbaijani author Kurban Said. The story ends tragically with the lovers forcibly parted by the invasion of Soviet Russia. They begin to turn gently and move toward each other every evening at 7 p.m., merging together for a too-brief embrace, then they leave each other behind. After 10 minutes their passage is complete. Do listen to the music.
Designed in 2007, the piece was not installed until 2010 and has since been re-titled “Ali and Nino.”
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