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Sydney Opera House - Australian Poster

The Sydney Opera House the 20th century's most legendary, distinctive buildings. Centre. 

The building was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, born in Copenhagen in 1918. The son of a shipwright, he studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Politics of the day added to the complexity of the construction. The work took an agonising sixteen years instead of the original seven, and at a final cost of $57 million instead of the projected $3.5 million. Joseph Cahill, the then Premier of the Government of New South Wales authorised work to commence in 1958 with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to construct Utzon's controversial design is often eclipsed by circumstances that followed, escalating cost, scheduling overruns and the architect's resignation.

The Sydney Opera House was formally opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on 20 October 1973. A large crowd attended and Jorn Utzon was conspicuous by his absence; he was not invited to the ceremony, nor was his name mentioned.

In 2003 Jorn Utzon was awarded architecture’s highest honour, the Pritzker Prize. The Sydney Opera House, recognised as one of the world’s famous structures, was listed as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2007.

Jorn Utzon died in his sleep in 2008. He was 90.

“I have made a sculpture … you will never be finished with it – when you pass around it or see it against the sky… something new goes on all the time… together with the sun, the light and the clouds, it makes a living thing.” (Jørn Utzon, 2002)


  • The "Sydney Opera House" poster print is a reproduction of an original photograph.
  • This poster is digitally printed on high quality paper with vivid colour and exceptional detail.
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Australian Poster - Sydney Opera House by Night

  • Product Code: AMTP-S-120_Sydney-Opera-House_By-Night-Poster
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