Ballet Olympia Sculpture
Public Art : Ballet Olympia Sculpture
Sculptor : © Paul Manship and adapted by
Description : A pair of bronze naked dancers carefree
tossing ribbons as they look skywards up to the SunTrust building. The naked pima's are based on the 3ft
originals by famous American sculptor Paul Manship.
Date Unveiled : 1992
Location of the Ballet Olympia sculpture :
SunTrust Plaza, Peachtree Street, Atlanta , Georgia.
Paul Manship (1885-1960)
Conceived and designed by John Portman,
this group, Ballet Olympia was adapted
from Paul Manship's three foot bronze figure,
Maenad (1953), as a tribute to this renowned
Background of John Portman: John Calvin Portman Jr is an
American Architect and property developer, renown for his innovative atrium hotel designs (think Bonaventure Hotel
LA or the Renaissance Center in Detroit). Paul Gapp of The Chicago Tribune once wrote of Portman as being
”The most influential living American architect " further adding "Countless other architects have copied him but
the music just isn't the same."