If you have decided to visit Georgia: visit Batumi to see the iconic Statue of Love on the Black Sea coast of western Georgia. The statue, also known as Ali and Nino, is located at the entrance to Batumi’s harbor, a prominent position in the city.
The “Ali and Nino” moving sculpture in Batumi is definitely one of the most amazing and memorable sights in this Georgian Black Sea resort. In the opinion of the most Batumi visitors “Ali and Nino” is a celebration of true love without boundaries and prejudices.
The 7-meter long almost translucent and made of steel figures of Ali and Nino are slowly moving towards each other, creating a single integral piece for a moment. This breathtaking process is repeated every 10 minutes.
The installation is based on the widely known regional novel Ali and Nino, first published in 1937, detailing a romantic love affair between the Muslim Azeri Ali and Christian Georgian Nino, and is supposed to symbolize eternal love and understanding between nations. Ali and Nino was first published in 1937 by Azerbaijani author Kurban Said.
The iconic seven meter tall kinetic installation was designed by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze. The installation shows Ali and Nino moving slowly towards each other until their bodies merge for a short embrace. The emotional performance, in which the characters express their love and pain in the history of mankind, takes 10 minutes in total.
“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
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