Erin Cabanawan - “Postcard moment”

Erin Cabanawan

Erin Cabanawan is a postgraduate student from the Philippines studying Gender and Development at Flinders University. 

When I was a kid at school, we had this textbook which featured the most iconic places and structures around the world.

There was the Taj Mahal in India, the Giza Pyramid in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge in the UK, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York.

postcard-2

“Among these great works of human architecture is the Sydney Opera House”

Among these great works of human architecture is the Sydney Opera House, the famous performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour. I only ever saw it on TV, books, and postcards. When I visited Sydney and finally saw it with my own eyes, it was an amazing moment—like I was transported into a postcard and somebody took my picture there! 

Seeing the Opera House prompted me to know more about its history

Like any great work of art, the process of creating it had its ups and downs.

Winning the 1957 competition for the design was Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who is largely credited for conceptualizing and heading the construction of the building in 1958. It was not a smooth journey. Problems in budget, design revisions, schedules, and differences in opinion caused much tension between the New South Wales government and Utzon’s team.

The Opera House was finally finished in 1963 and opened to the public on Australia Day. While Utzon resigned before construction was finished, he was still credited and admired for his vision which fueled the ambitious project. He won the 2003 Pritzker Prize, the highest honour an architect could receive for his work.

The Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

“I feel very thankful to have had the chance to see for myself such an iconic structure, and learn why it has earned its place in so many books and postcards”

In 2007, the Sydney Opera House was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, confirming its valuable role in the world of performing arts, and its reputation as one of the most unique structures ever designed and built. 

I feel very thankful to have had the chance to see for myself such an iconic structure, and learn why it has earned its place in so many books and postcards. 

comments