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Congratulations SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE INSCRIBED ON
WORLD HERITAGE LIST – 28 July 2007
Opera House Inscribed
Yesterday afternoon, the
meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Christchurch New Zealand agreed
to inscribe the Sydney Opera House on the World Heritage List.
nomination report which went forward to the committee stated: ”….it stands by
itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in
the 20th century but in the history of humankind.”
In a press release
issued by the Sydney Opera House, the Chair of the Sydney Opera House Trust, Kim
“We are indebted to the fearless vision of the man behind
its genesis, former Premier Joe Cahill and the selection committee for the
design competition which dared to embrace its unique design.
we are indebted to architect Jørn Utzon and the architects, engineers, builders
and craftsmen who were inspired by his designs and vision for a great building –
a building which drew references from ancient and modern traditions but was so
different to anything ever built before.
“They went with Utzon to the
edge of the possible, making ground-breaking innovations in engineering and
“We are blessed that Utzon is still the architect for Sydney
Opera House, making functional and aesthetic improvements in keeping with his
Design Principles and the Conservation Management Plan.
“We are in awe
of his genius, generous spirit and deep affection for the building and the
people of Sydney.”
It is 50 years since Utzon was announced as the
competition winner (January 1957) and 33 years since Sydney Opera House was
officially opened (October 1973). It is the youngest cultural site to ever be
included on the World Heritage List.
Although Australia now has 17 places
inscribed on the World Heritage List, this is only the second Australian
building to be listed, the first being the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton
Gardens, Melbourne in 2004.
Thanks and congratulations must be extended
to all those involved in preparing the nomination, many of them ICOMOS members.
It has included a collaborative effort between both State and Federal
governments and Sydney Opera House management with assistance from many outside
of these organisations.
The following press releases from the federal
Minister for Environment and Water Resources (jointly with the NSW Minister for
Planning), and from the Sydney Opera House itself provide further
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