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The Ship Song | Sydney Opera House:
The government is selling off advertising space on the Sydney Opera House, which not only belongs to Australia, but to the whole world. Who wants to take home a photo of ugly advertising from their vacation? The Opera House is a temple to the arts, not to commerce. The glorious contrast between the optical whiteness of the sails of the roof, and the blue harbour, are reminiscent of the white sails of the ships that the Australian Aboriginals first saw when the white man moved into their harbour. Or you can see white waves depicted there. It is beautiful, and a marvel of applied mathematics.
When my kids were young we lived in Sydney. We would often get on a bus or train and have a picnic at Circular Quay. I’d encourage my kids to draw the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I would frequently take photos of tourists in front of those landmarks, as a gesture of goodwill.
Creative commons, photo by Adams J.W.C.
We often walked around it, looking out at the boats on the sparkling blue harbour, and the homes of the rich across the water. We marvelled up at the white tiles on the roofs of the “sails”. I took my son to see a Shakespeare play there and took my daughter to the ballet in its halls. The view from an upper foyer balcony out to the harbour during the interval, on a sunny Sydney day, was superb. Just pure happiness. Then we went back in to watch the Firebird do her magnificent thing and Acerules was so inspired she danced all along circular Quay back to the railway station. A station, that has one of the best views in the world while you’re waiting to get off your train.
Australian Chamber Orchestra at The Sydney Opera House , a short Mozart piece:
Creative Commons, photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/ktogo
Sydney Opera House sails should not be for sale. Please all sign the petition below
Politicians have sold their souls:
Son of one of the architects appalled: