Ali & Nino kinetic sculpture and the topic of love across the borders. Astrology, art and the punctuation of the landscape through sculptures
The “Statue Of Love” , “Ali and Nino” or simply “Man and Woman” is a kinetic sculpture by Tamara Kvesitadze on the seafront in Batumi, Georgia.
The two human sculptures represent a Muslim boy, Ali, and a Christan Georgian princess, Nino, characters from the novel “Ali and Nino” published under the pseudonym Kurban Said in the years 1918-1920. It explores the dilemmas created by “European” rule over an “Oriental” society and presents a tableau portrait of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, during the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic period that preceded the long era of Soviet rule.
The figures move around in circles, draw closer, touch and kissing before passing through one another, eventually parting and facing in opposite directions, representative of the characters’ separation by the invasion of Soviet Russia. This historical allusion makes the statue so emblematic of the history of the two neighbour nations Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Astrogeographic position of the sculpture for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the sculpture itself: one coordinate is located in dynamic fire sign Sagittarius sign of thinking, observation, conclusions, style, design, fashion and ornaments. As the astrological resonator of considering and observing movements in circles, cycles and in time Sagittarius stands for the presentation of the movements of the individual statues in circles.
The 2nd coordinate is located on the cardinal divide (of the summer solstice) between air sign Gemini sign of signposts, twins, duplication, connections, opposites, learning, adolescence and communication and emotional water sign Cancer sign of the moon, emotionality, fertility, pregnancy, conception, the inner child, melancholy and the yearning to be loved.
As the sign of the natural habitat of crabs Cancer also resonates with the position of the sculpture on the kai and next to the beach of the Black Sea.