Ballet Olympia Sculpture

Ballet Olympia Sculpture, Atlanta, Georgia

Public Art : Ballet Olympia Sculpture

Sculptor : © Paul Manship and adapted by John Portman

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.

Inscription :

Ballet Olympia
1991-1992
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
American sculptor.

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."

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Ballet Oympia Sculpture, Atlanta carefree tossing ribbons

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