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A visitor kisses sleeping women during a new art project called 'Sleeping Beauties'   created by a Canadian-Ukrainian artist Taras Polataiko  in The National Art Museum in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Five young Ukrainian women, dressed in white wedding gowns, take turns sleeping on display in the museum for a couple of hours every day. Based on the fairytale 'Sleeping Beauty', the idea of the art-exhibition is for visitors to look at a sleeping girl, and, if they feel the urge, kiss her on the lips. If a sleeping beauty opens up her eyes  she's obliged by a legal contract to marry. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A visitor kisses sleeping women during a new art project called 'Sleeping Beauties' created by a Canadian-Ukrainian artist Taras Polataiko in The National Art Museum in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Five young Ukrainian women, dressed in white wedding gowns, take turns sleeping on display in the museum for a couple of hours every day. Based on the fairytale 'Sleeping Beauty', the idea of the art-exhibition is for visitors to look at a sleeping girl, and, if they feel the urge, kiss her on the lips. If a sleeping beauty opens up her eyes she's obliged by a legal contract to marry. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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(AP) Want to meet your Prince Charming? Fall asleep in Ukraine's top museum and wait for the kiss.


A Ukrainian-Canadian artist presented an installation at Kiev's top gallery Friday in which five attractive young women take turns sleeping under dim lights and soft music in front of visitors, having pledged to marry the prince or princess who wakes them with a kiss.


Taras Polataiko, a Ukrainian-born artist who has moved to Canada, says the goal of his interactive art project called "Sleeping Beauty" is to recreate the fairy tale in real life and witness the birth of love.


But the installation also has political undertones, symbolizing the patience of the Ukrainian people who are trapped in what he calls the oppressive government of President Viktor Yanukovych.


Associated Press
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