Russian born but now American sculptor and stage designer George Tyspin is one of the most ironic things about Sochi Winter Olympics and really shows what happened to all the arts in Russia over the years. Yes, an American artist will be responsible for the biggest Russian spectacle since the Revolution. Why? Ask yourself what or who comes to mind when you think about Russian artists of the current century?
“I’ve done big shows, but this is something else,” Tsypin told Vieira on TODAY Friday. “It’s truly mind-boggling. Of course the ambition comes from the Russian’s to create the biggest show ever because they say, ‘We are a big country, we have to do it.’’
“George Tsypin is a sculptor, architect and designer of opera, film and video. He won an International Competition of “New and Spontaneous Ideas for the Theater for Future Generations” some twenty years ago. Since then his opera designs have been seen all over the world, including Salzburg Festival, Opera de Bastille in Paris, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan and Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mr. Tsypin has worked in all major theaters in America and in the 90-es expanded his work to include design for film, television, concerts as well as exhibitions and installations. The first personal gallery show of his sculpture took place in 1991 at Twining Gallery in New York. He created the Planet Earth Gallery, one of the Millennium Projects in England: a major installation of moving architectural elements, videos and 200 sculptures. George exhibited his work at Venice Biennale in 2002. George studied architecture in Moscow and theater design in New York and won numerous awards. He has worked for many years with renowned directors such as Julie Taymor, Peter Sellars, Pierre Audi, Francesca Zambello, Jurgen Flimm and Andrey Konchalovsky. He has a special creative relationship with the conductor Valery Gergiev. George designed “The Little Mermaid” and “Spider-man: Turn off the Dark” ( Tony Award Nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award). on Broadway. His book “GEORGE TSYPIN OPERA FACTORY: Building in the Black Void” was published by Princeton Architectural Press in October of 2005 (Golden Pen Award)”.
American George Tyspin Designs Sochi Opening Ceremony