When architect Jon Utzon won the competition with his design for the Sydney Opera House, his family did not have a notion of the great future in store for the building – that it would, in fact, become an icon, and a tourist attraction that would draw in millions of dollars a year.
Forty years later, his son, also Jon, celebrated the famous Opera House’s birthday, along with a crowd of sixteen thousand.
The event included a performance by Jimmy Barnes and the presentation of an oversized cupcake. The Australian Minster of Tourism, George Souris, hailed the event with huge enthusiasm, saying that the house’s value was incalculable, attracting over 8 million visitors each year, as well as providing an epicentre for the arts.
It did not just belong to Australia, he said – “It belongs to the world.”