“Man and Woman” is a 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving steel sculpture by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze. Located 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 tragic story ends with the lovers separated by the invasion of Soviet Russia.


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The statues begin to move every day at 7 p.m., merging for a short embrace, before leaving each other behind. After 10 minutes the movement is complete. The statue was designed in 2007 but only installed in 2010; it has since been retitled “Ali and Nino.” You can find and English translation of “Ali and Nino” on Amazon.

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Located in Batumi, Georgia, the tragic lovers begin to move every night at 7 p.m.

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The statues are inspired by a love story between a Muslim boy and a Georgian princess who come from different religious backgrounds

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Briefly, “Ali and Nino” embrace, before passing through each other

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Their movement symbolizes the tragic separation of Ali and Nino after the Soviet Invasion

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The mysterious Kurban Said wrote the novel in 1937

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To this day, nobody knows the true identity of the author

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Nevertheless, this powerful love story has been translated into more than 30 languages

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You can watch a video the statues moving below: