Sydney Opera House: Reg Mombassa Forecourt Mural

Sydney Opera House: Reg Mombassa Forecourt Mural


– (STEEL GUITAR PLAYS) – We hereby declare it open
to the public. – Sydney Bay Earl.
– Yes, Sydney Bay Earl. – Well, it is a great moment.
I mean, we were… we were faced with
this big shed out here, which is iconically Australian
in its own lovely way, erm, and the forecourt
of the Opera House, and we kind of needed a creative way
of covering that, and so we got into a discussion
with Reg about a way of bringing together
a number of icons. And Reg has worked to kind of create
a tapestry, a suburban tapestry around the site shed
and I think he’s done a beautiful job. – Well, basically,
this is a journey picture, a journey into the future, erm, featuring a few of the characters
and themes that I’m generally obsessed with, plus a couple of totally new elements. This is a pagan Norse god,
a thunder god. This is a little bird goddess,
a delicate little bird goddess. Obviously the Opera House
clad in corrugated iron. – Red brick cladding.
– Red brick. – Elevated by… – There we go. Beautiful. – It’s pretty amazing to see
such a big picture, cos I normally work fairly small. Most of my pictures
are not much bigger than this. They’re drawings that you
sit at a table and do. So to see something as large as this is, erm, is very gratifying. I hope there’s plenty of tourists
who are as keen a tree-hugger as I am. It’ll make very nice photographs
for the family albums in Japan and Europe and China and…

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