October 27, 2015 8:03:41 pm
A 26ft-long moving sculpture on the seashore of the Batumi Boulevard in Georgia is an epitome of everything that is beautiful. Inspired by the novel ‘Ali and Nino’, a love story by Kurban Said, the sculpture narrates the tragic separation of Ali and Nino.
Created by Georgian artist Tamar Kvesitadze, this sculpture starts moving and melts into each other only to get separated again. The whole act takes 10 minutes to complete.
Nobody knows who Kurban Said is, it’s a pseudonym used by the author who has set his story in twentieth century on the cusp of the Bolshevik Revolution and the First World War. The two lovers Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a Muslim boy, and Georgian princess, Nino Kiplani, come from cultural backgrounds that are poles apart — the former from a more traditional family and the latter from a fairly progressive one. Amid a political upheaval, the two travel across these seas and borders, but eventually their love story was destined to be doomed.
The story has been beautifully captured by this sculpture that starts the moving sharp at 7pm every evening, and lights up with dramatic colours as it gets dark. It’s one of the main attractions of the Batumi Boulevard.
‘Ali and Nino’ was first published in 1937 and has been translated into over 30 languages, a movie by the same name was also released in February 2015, but nothing beats the tribute by this artist.
Watch video of the movement:
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