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Sochi opening night designed at 5Pointz

Artist’s studio in defunct graffiti haven

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

Though its walls have been painted over, the legacy of 5Pointz lives on as it was announced that George Tsypin, a production designer, created the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony in a studio space inside the graffiti mecca.

“In terms of design, we produced a lot of things right here,” Tsypin told NBC’s Meredith Viera.

Though no graffiti displays were a part, the millions of people watching the TV segment got to see the building before it was whitewashed over by owner Jerry Wolkcoff. The building will soon be razed to make room for luxury apartment buildings, commercial tenants and green space.

“I’ve done big shows, but this is something else,” Tsypin said.

The artist, who has also worked on the Broadway show “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” designed the ceremony by using small cutouts on a mini-version of the arena, and while he said most of the work was done in the Long Island City building, he acknowledged the ceremony was a collaboration with other artists around the world.

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