October 28, 2013

What amazing night it was, gathered at the ‘skirts’ of the Opera House with a few thousand of Sydney’s glitterati (and the Danish Royal Family) to officially ring in the 40th anniversary of the greatest Australian icon. It was so moving to hear the speakers evoke the pride – in a nation, in a culture, in a practice, in a family – that Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece incarnates. The Utzon family feel like our own, and they were in attendance to celebrate a very grand member of theirs. Jørn’s son, Jan Utzon who worked closely alongside his father until his death in 2008 gave a rousing speech, addressing the Opera House as he would a member of his clan. “Since your conception you have dominated our lives.” he said. And I am proud to know that she will always be a part of mine.


Author: Nick tobias