Travel Photo Thursday | SunTrust Plaza

Travel Photo Thursday | SunTrust Plaza

This week’s photo is an ode to how we take the things in our own backyard for granted.  I see this sculpture every day as I leave work.  I’ve always admired it but never thought to capture its beauty with my camera lens until last week.  It is an adaptation of the “Ballet Olympia”  Sculpture,  which features a pair of nude ribbon dancers.

Originally created by Paul Manship in the early 1900s, the architect (and my boss) John C. Portman adapted it to be displayed as a landmark for one of his design masterpieces, SunTrust Plaza in downtown Atlanta.

SunTrust Plaza

During his stellar career, Mr. Portman has designed such geographically notable hotels  like the  Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the NYC Marriott Marquis,  the Westin Bonaventure in LA, the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta as well as the Marina Square in Singapore, the Shanghai Centre, and the Embarcadero Center in SFO, among others.

I guess the reason for this pic is two-fold.  Always remember to check out what your own city has to offer and the second was to acknowledge my realization of just how instrumental my boss has been to the world of travel.




Renee King
  • Nancie
    Posted at 19:20h, 17 March Reply

    Great shot Renee. Sometime we forget what’s in our own back yard.

    Thanks for post to Travel Photo Thursday.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:04h, 19 March Reply

      Amen! Thanks for thinking up the idea of travel photo Thursday….I’m enjoying it.

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 22:45h, 17 March Reply

    Nice shot, Renee! I really like this sculpture too…. During the Olympics I always am impressed by the fluid movements of the ribbon dancers. So pretty!
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    • Renee
      Posted at 13:07h, 19 March Reply

      They are graceful, aren’t they?

  • RyukyuMike
    Posted at 01:28h, 18 March Reply

    Absolutely right, the best shots are usually within a mile of where you live.
    Hope you see lots of visitors. I promoted, everywhere that you have a couple of “Stoned Nudes”!

    • Renee
      Posted at 05:30h, 18 March Reply

      Hahahahaha!!! That’s hilarious, Mike!

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 02:31h, 18 March Reply

    That is so true, Renee — we do tend to take things for granted. Human nature, I guess. Well, I’m glad you finally took this photo and shared it with us. I love interesting sculptures – nice story behind this one.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:10h, 19 March Reply

      You’re right Cathy….I think it’s second nature for us to look through things that we should value instead of looking at it and appreciating all that it brings to us.

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