Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Utzon's dream of sails on Sydney Harbour lives on
A couple of weeks ago I gazed at the Sydney Opera house from the porthole window of a cruise ship.
Sadly, a few days ago, the Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, who designed the magnificent iconic structure, died at his home in Copenhagen.
He was 90.
Utzon created the winning design entry for an opera house to be built on Bennelong point at Sydney Cove.
Construction began in 1959 and the building was finished and opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1972.
But Utzon never returned to Australia to see his building completed.
Today the Opera House is regarded as one of the most remarkable and recognisable buildings in the world.
One of the latter day wonders of the world.
Photos: M Muir - view from a window