City Views, North America, Travel Advice

Travel Photo Thursday – SunTrust Plaza

March 17, 2011 • By

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.

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.