This is what art looks like in Ukraine
Photo © 2012 AP via AAP/Efrem Lukatsky
Who says art achieves nothing.
Canadian-Ukranian artist Taras Polataiko set out to recreate the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” with a project that he said explored patience and witnessing the birth of love.
Over the course of the three week exhibit, five attractive young women sleeping in shifts at The National Art Museum in Kiev were allowed to be kissed on the lips by single museum-goers.
The only catch? The kissers had to sign a contract that if the sleeper opened their eyes, they would marry her. So you’d want to be keen.
The beauties themselves had also agreed to the “love at no sight” deal. (It’s sort of like “Perfect Match” without Dexter.)
But they weren’t opening their eyes for just anyone. The only woman to open her eyes discovered that her Prince Charming was a princess.
But there was some distress for these damsels - as same-sex marriage is forbidden in Ukraine, they’d have to elope elsewhere to satisfy their contract.
Fortunately the contract wasn’t actually legally binding, so it seems unlikely they’ll pursue their short-but-sweet romance to the end of the line.
But it has opened up a discussion about same-sex marriage in Ukraine.
Now that’s a real fairy tale.