Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rustavi: Beauty

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi

 A few days after the Rustavi Kalakhoba, workmen added a new feature to City Hall Square, still undergoing its renovation.

It is a sculptured orchestra, organized in the shape of a billiards game set-up, with a conductor and musicians. There is a delicious green-blue patina on each figure.

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi


The figures rest on large bronze globes.

Would the installation be a fountain? A light show? Too soon to tell.

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi

.... and days later, as I walked through the square one evening, I experienced a transcendent moment. Because just when I arrived at the bronze orchestra, I heard, through the air, Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. Beautiful.


This glorious sound came from two loudspeakers mounted on two of the light posts, which bookended the orchestra.

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi


I love when human beings create something for the pleasure of other humans. Doesn't matter if it's sublimely beautiful, like this was, or if it's thousands of people dancing in unison to Michael Jackson's Thriller, or the guy who dances around the world. Or a corn maze.

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi


Note: I have since learned the installation will be a fountain with a 3-D display within.

Rustavi, City Hall Square, Old Rustavi


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