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Ground Zero For Lovers
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On April 26, lovers from all over Moscow flocked to Pushkin Square to see a three-ton heart-shaped ice sculpture and make a wish for their love to last forever. As night fell, the block began to glow in the slanting rays of the setting sun. And then the fireworks began.

The event was held to commemorate one young man’s story of unrequited love. One day the youth’s beloved disappeared from his life, bidding him only to forget her and leaving him to wonder whether the intensity of his affection had simply melted her like the Snow Queen. So each year, he assembles a giant heart made of ice and watches as young lovers congregate and profess their love, hoping that the concentrated power of this emotion will draw his lost lover back to him. As the evening ended and lovers’ bodies melted together along with the ice, the young man’s hopes for reunion with his beloved on this spot next year could be heard echoing along the wet stones of the square.

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