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Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story
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Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

“Man and Woman” is an 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. A rough translation of this pseudonym would translate as “someone of sacred descent who has been sacrificed” which is the exact theme of this grand love story. The real author of the book remains unknown to this day. The tragic love story ends with Ali and Nino separated by the invasion of Soviet Russia. This aggression has changed millions of real peoples lives, so the depicted drama might have really happened.

The love statue begins 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 love sculpture was designed in 2007 but only installed in 2010. It has since been retitled “Ali and Nino.” The book was translated into 30 languages, so you can find the English version on Amazon.

More info: tamarastudio.com | Amazon (h/t: demilked, aplus)

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

Image credits: anasty44

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

Image credits: olyagrebelnaya

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

Image credits: kadirozgunduz

The mysterious Kurban Said wrote the novel in 1937

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

Image credits: Rich McClear

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

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

Moving Statues Of A Man And Woman Pass Through Each Other Daily, Symbolizing Tragic Love Story

Image credits: Rich McClear

You can watch a video the statues moving below:

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CaroleDose
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh my! Do they pass back through each other again to arrive back at facing each other? What a creative statue. I LOVE it! I wonder if they considered using different colored -- separate -- lights for each of the figures that would then blend as they meet?

AzadGurban
Community Member
6 years ago

It is a great love story between the Muslim Ali from Azerbaijan and Christian Nino Kipiani from Georgia. The novel is based on true historical story which happened at the beginning of XX century. The author is known as Kurban Said who is from Azerbaijan. A real and touching love story!

MiyukiNohara
Community Member
6 years ago

what is the name of the novel?

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VeronicaSaunders
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6 years ago

WOW! so very touching, could almost feel the love and pain they went through.... Amazing Art!!!

NelsonÁlvarezSáez
Community Member
6 years ago

:'''(

microsaurio
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually that's funny.

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NinoShanshiashvili
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6 years ago

The author is Tamara Kvesitadze

IamaMaughanster
Community Member
6 years ago

That was the actually the artist who made the sculpture. The author goes by Kurban Said.

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ChristineCopus
Community Member
6 years ago

Havnt really got good enough words for this beautiful piece of work and what it represents. I have not yet read the book about the two in love,,but will do soon as I am crying already.

Asha
Community Member
6 years ago

Bought a tear to my eye. So moving.

PhyllisSteging
Community Member
6 years ago

What a creative way to tell a story. Lovely!!

LisaGeorgette
Community Member
6 years ago

Incredible! When they are parting, it seems they are reaching back to each other, although they have no arms. Brought a tear to my eyes.

MarthaDonaldson
Community Member
6 years ago

It's like watching a magic trick! How do they DO that?? Enchanting.

Álvaro Costa
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

It is curious how the above text seems to blame the Soviets for the drama, hiding all the religious prejudices behind it ...

Joshua Gross
Community Member
4 years ago

I have been to Batumi. It is a strange place to say the least. Like a Russian Oligarch's version of Las Vegas. Like a wedding cake filled with dirt, behind the facade of this tacky, black sea casino town lies a population of people barely surviving. It sickened and fascinated me all at the same time.

Libra Man
Community Member
5 years ago

i love this one! it has a story! real great sculptures!

BeatrijsAnckaert
Community Member
6 years ago

beautyfull, original, great ART!

DianeDemo-Sadler
Community Member
6 years ago

Extremely emotional and very meaningful. Phenomenal art.

PeterLedoux
Community Member
6 years ago

Wild, How do they do that?

RuthJohnston
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome - never knew it existed

KenriBasar
Community Member
6 years ago

Lovely~

MicheleYates
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome and CREEPY - all at the same time!

JacobSudianto
Community Member
6 years ago

Where..Is this in Georgia??

CuriousErik
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6 years ago

Georgia the country, not Georgia the state...

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GlynisRoss-Munro
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6 years ago

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Sounds like Romeo and Juliet, remake 1,874,981. Romanticized teenage attraction. If it were anything more, it would be a story of a lack of problem solving skills.

Baked_Potato
Community Member
6 years ago

Seriously? It sounds like a beautiful story. Shame on you..

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CaroleDose
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh my! Do they pass back through each other again to arrive back at facing each other? What a creative statue. I LOVE it! I wonder if they considered using different colored -- separate -- lights for each of the figures that would then blend as they meet?

AzadGurban
Community Member
6 years ago

It is a great love story between the Muslim Ali from Azerbaijan and Christian Nino Kipiani from Georgia. The novel is based on true historical story which happened at the beginning of XX century. The author is known as Kurban Said who is from Azerbaijan. A real and touching love story!

MiyukiNohara
Community Member
6 years ago

what is the name of the novel?

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VeronicaSaunders
Community Member
6 years ago

WOW! so very touching, could almost feel the love and pain they went through.... Amazing Art!!!

NelsonÁlvarezSáez
Community Member
6 years ago

:'''(

microsaurio
Community Member
6 years ago

Actually that's funny.

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NinoShanshiashvili
Community Member
6 years ago

The author is Tamara Kvesitadze

IamaMaughanster
Community Member
6 years ago

That was the actually the artist who made the sculpture. The author goes by Kurban Said.

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ChristineCopus
Community Member
6 years ago

Havnt really got good enough words for this beautiful piece of work and what it represents. I have not yet read the book about the two in love,,but will do soon as I am crying already.

Asha
Community Member
6 years ago

Bought a tear to my eye. So moving.

PhyllisSteging
Community Member
6 years ago

What a creative way to tell a story. Lovely!!

LisaGeorgette
Community Member
6 years ago

Incredible! When they are parting, it seems they are reaching back to each other, although they have no arms. Brought a tear to my eyes.

MarthaDonaldson
Community Member
6 years ago

It's like watching a magic trick! How do they DO that?? Enchanting.

Álvaro Costa
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

It is curious how the above text seems to blame the Soviets for the drama, hiding all the religious prejudices behind it ...

Joshua Gross
Community Member
4 years ago

I have been to Batumi. It is a strange place to say the least. Like a Russian Oligarch's version of Las Vegas. Like a wedding cake filled with dirt, behind the facade of this tacky, black sea casino town lies a population of people barely surviving. It sickened and fascinated me all at the same time.

Libra Man
Community Member
5 years ago

i love this one! it has a story! real great sculptures!

BeatrijsAnckaert
Community Member
6 years ago

beautyfull, original, great ART!

DianeDemo-Sadler
Community Member
6 years ago

Extremely emotional and very meaningful. Phenomenal art.

PeterLedoux
Community Member
6 years ago

Wild, How do they do that?

RuthJohnston
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome - never knew it existed

KenriBasar
Community Member
6 years ago

Lovely~

MicheleYates
Community Member
6 years ago

awesome and CREEPY - all at the same time!

JacobSudianto
Community Member
6 years ago

Where..Is this in Georgia??

CuriousErik
Community Member
6 years ago

Georgia the country, not Georgia the state...

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GlynisRoss-Munro
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6 years ago

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Sounds like Romeo and Juliet, remake 1,874,981. Romanticized teenage attraction. If it were anything more, it would be a story of a lack of problem solving skills.

Baked_Potato
Community Member
6 years ago

Seriously? It sounds like a beautiful story. Shame on you..

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