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Southern California Artist Creates A PEACE Of Sochi History – Artist donates sculpture to Olympic host city

Sochi Ballerina Sculpture


Southern California Artist Creates A PEACE Of Sochi History Artist donates sculpture to Olympic host city

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how many messages can be conveyed by a 22 foot tall, 8,000 pound, stainless steel ballerina sculpture.  According to acclaimed architectural artist and sculptor Ron Taybi, the most important message is Peace.


Moved by the thought of cultures and countries from all over the world peacefully coming together this February during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Taybi was inspired to create.  And that he did, producing a monumental one-of-a-kind stainless steel, self-lit ballerina, featuring an ever-changing color panel and majestic pose, named “Gracious – Beacon of Peace.”


“My highest aspiration is to promote peace across the world with my art and to encourage other artists to do the same, since art is a universal language.” said Taybi.  “It is my way of starting a grassroots effort to advocate for worldwide peace.”


Set to be donated to the Olympics’ host city, Taybi will accompany the sculpture to its new home in Russia where it will serve as a beacon of hope in front of the Ballet Museum.  To date, in addition to the countless hours of time that he and his tireless team have devoted to the project over the last four months, Taybi has invested close to a quarter of a million dollars in the Ballerina.


“It’s an honor to bring ‘Gracious’ to Sochi,” continued Taybi who was able to masterfully blend his technical, engineering and artistic prowess into one aesthetic masterpiece.  “It is my contribution toward achieving ultimate and permanent peace. “


Marking the first large-scale, international, physical art endowment since the Statue of Liberty, “Gracious – Beacon of Peace,” will be unveiled at a private, Southern California gala on Saturday February 22 at Taybi’s studio in Irvine, California.


Following the exclusive showing that will begin with National Anthems of both the U.S. and Russia, there will be a ballet performance and an art exhibit featuring many of Taybi’s original works of art from his last 20 years as an artist, available for both viewing and purchase on-site.


As the artist and president of Rami Designs (, one of Southern California’s most prolific architectural metal businesses that is responsible for numerous proprietary methods, Taybi and his company are known for crafting and manufacturing elegant staircases and handrails for a wide range of residential and commercial projects.  Rami Designs work adorns the interiors of such renowned establishments as the opulent Playboy offices in Beverly Hills and is also prominently featured in many buildings and homes throughout the San Gabriel Valley.


Currently in consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records to be named the world’s largest statue of a ballerina, people are encouraged to show support and appreciation by “liking” the official Facebook page: “Pathway to Harmony: 2014 Olympics.”



January 31, 2014

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