To celebrate the creative genius and enduring spirit of Jørn Utzon, a State Memorial was held at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday 25th March 2009 at 11am. View Program.
Sydney Opera House has received hundreds of tributes from all over the world. If you would like to add your own tribute enter here.
"On behalf of the people of Sydney, New South Wales and Australia, we simply say 'thank you' for visiting your vision and masterpiece to our city. We are forever in your debt."
THE HON. NATHAN REES MP, PREMIER NSW
"I think back on my life with my father with great joy and love. To be allowed to spend so much time together with such a remarkable man, father and architect, has been a great privilege indeed."
JAN UTZON, 2008. Read more.
"There is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is his masterpiece. It is one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty that has become known throughout the world –
a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country and continent."
PRITZKER PRIZE CITATION 2003
Sydney Opera House was inscribed in the World Heritage List in June 2007: "The expert evaluation report to the World Heritage Committee stated: "…it stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind." Find out more about the world famous iconic building.