Walking along the promenade of Georgia’s seaside city Batumi you will see two massive figures sharing an intense gaze. These are Ali and Nino.
The statues are inspired by a love story between a Muslim boy and a Georgian princess who come from different religious backgrounds.
Otherwise known as the ‘Statue of Love,’ it’s a 23-foot-tall steel installation created by a noted Georgian artist, Tamara Kvesitadze.
The sculpture is supposed to reflect on Ali and Nino’s love story and does it in the most astounding and, literally, moving way possible.
Controlled by computer, the humongous kinetic statues begin their journey every day at 7 p.m. Slowly, they move towards each other until their bodies merge for a short embrace. But just like Ali and Nino, these steel figures can’t stay together forever. So the wheel keeps turning and they pass through one another …
The emotional spectacle takes about 10 minutes.