by Maria Sofou
Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze created this amazing 8-meter-tall moving steel sculpture, a truly captivating example of mechanics and design.
Located in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia, the sculpture was originally designed in 2007 under the name A Woman and A Man but was installed in 201o and was subsequently renamed Ali and Nino. Inspired by the homonym novel written in 1937 by an Azerbaijani author using the pseudonym Kurban Said, the sculpture symbolizes the story of the two young lovers, a Muslim Azerbaijani man and a Christian Georgian princess, which had a tragic end during World War I. Every night at 7pm, the two steel figures begin to move towards each other until they meet in a brief embrace, before leaving each other behind. A truly stunning symbol of eternal love that we can’t stop watching.
Watch the lovers here: