Issued Monday, 29 January 2007
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CELEBRATES JØRN UTZON’S WINNING VISION, 50 YEARS AGO TODAY!
Half a century ago on Tuesday, 29 January 1957, the judges of an international competition to design an Opera House for Sydney announced its winner inside the National Art Gallery of Australia.
When NSW Premier Joe Cahill announced that scheme 218, designed by a relatively unknown 38-year-old Danish architect, had won, Sydney Harbour was given an unforgettable landmark: Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.
Meanwhile Jørn Utzon, back in Denmark, heard the judges’ decision from his children, who ran through the forest to the station to meet him as he was coming home from work, and yelled to him that he’d won.
Today, Sydney Opera House opens a free exhibition in the Western Foyers to mark this important anniversary, to entertain ideas of what could have been built on Bennelong Point, and to celebrate the masterpiece we have today.
Utzon’s Winning Vision celebrates the genesis of an opera house for Sydney: the genesis of an icon and a symbol for our nation. This modest exhibition will run through until the end of February between 11am – 6pm, and during performance times.
UTZON’S WINNING VISION
Dates: 29 January – 28 February 2007*
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm
Cost: Free admission
Where: Western Foyers, Sydney Opera House
ABOUT SOH: Sydney Opera House is one of the busiest performing arts centres around the globe with more than 2,400 performances and events in and around its sails, as well as over 4 million tourists who come to experience the Sydney Opera House every year.
*Due to a long-standing venue booking, Utzon’s Winning Vision will not be open on February 9.