When you live near a tourist attraction of some kind, you never go and visit it. Like the Opera House. When we go to Sydney we never say, hey, lets go look at the Opera House, it's pretty cool. It's just there in the background. Oh yeah, there's the Opera House, whatever.
And of course the years during which it was designed and built were full of controversy. It was a very creative design for those years and really pushed the engineers and took forever to complete. Sixteen years I think. They had to run a lottery to raise money to complete it and the poor guy who designed it (Jorn Utzen) was just about destroyed by the whole process. The poor guy copped so much crap from the NSW government that he resigned in the end before it was completed. He wasn't even invited to the opening ceremony.
There's talk at the moment of a major restoration/renovation that some people are against because of the cost involved. But I'd like to see it go ahead. It's a bit of a masterpiece. We should appreciate it more. Well I should anyway.
These photos were taken by Papa at the opening in 1973. A photographers dream.