“Sea Slippers on Eggs” Art Sculpture in Batumi

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This unusual art installation is the work of French sculptor Lili Fantozzi, a self-educated 39 year-old sculptor and actress, whose works have been exhibited in contemporary art galleries in Paris, Vienna, New York and Brussels.

“I presented a miniature version of the sculpture (a pair of Keds on eggs), which is symbolic of the dangerous road for which this country has traveled in terms of reconstruction,” Fantozzi explained in one of her interviews. At the same time, she added, the sculpture can be interpreted as portraying a “dangerous life, which is like walking on such subtle things as eggs that can collapse any time.”

Though the Georgian government decided to install the sculpture in Batumi, the idea of Keds shoes was changed into sea slippers, typical for a seaside city.

Locals in Georgia’s Black sea resort town of Batumi disapproved this art installation placed in front of the Radisson Blu Hotel.

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Borjomi bridge over the Tsemistskali River, Georgia

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There is a beautiful bridge on the narrow-gauge railway from Borjomi in Bakuriani. It’s famous because it was built by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel in 1902. He is best known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower, built in Paris.

Narrow-gauge railway Borzhomi – Bakuriani.

Many people do not know that the railroad bridge connecting the towns of Tsagveri and Tsemi was commissioned by Romanovs in France. It was created by the famous architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, brought to Georgia and assembled over the Tsemistskali River.

Romanov Summer Residence, Likani, Borjomi, Georgia Photo by David & Bonnie

Likani is a town in Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti region, located at the west end of the town of Borjomi in the Borjomi Gorge, some 160 km west of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.

Important landmarks include the Romanov Palace (1892-95), designed by Leopold Bilfeldt, built on the bank of the Kura River as a summer mansion of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia. In Soviet times, Likani residence was frequented by key Soviet officials, including Joseph Stalin.

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