A history with the House
Dion Lee’s history with the Sydney Opera House goes back to his 2013 Utzon collection, which was named after architect Jørn Utzon and inspired by key photographs by Max Dupain of the iconic performing arts centre being built. “It is important that a cultural icon such as the Opera House projects an image that parallels the architecture of the building,” said Lee, and the parallels here are strong – in practice, the sails become cloth, metal structures become bone.
This collaboration comes at a key time for the Sydney Opera House, and as one of the many measures that form its decade of renewal. Like other renewal projects, it’s a balancing act: maintaining artistic and architectural integrity while being fluid enough to allow for changes in line with how cultural spaces are used by their communities, staff and visitors.