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Construction of the Sails. Fifth Facade, 1973


Construction of the Sails. Fifth Facade, 1973


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Construction of the Sails. Fifth Facade, 1973

A black and white photograph of the construction of the Sydney Opera House. This photo features the structure of wood and concrete. A wooden scaffold is located to the left of the image, whilst a steel scaffold is placed to the right. The construction of Sydney Opera House. Ladders and tools are also evident

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Architectural Features Architecture Art Building Construction Buildings Scaffolding Structures Establishments Wood Concrete Ladder Roof Tiles


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This photograph, titled "Construction of the Sails. Fifth Facade, 1973" by J. Tanner, offers a remarkable glimpse into the creation of one of Australia's most iconic landmarks – the Sydney Opera House. The image showcases the intricate process involved in constructing this architectural marvel. In this snapshot frozen in time, we witness the meticulous craftsmanship that went into building this masterpiece. A wooden scaffold stands proudly on the left side of the frame, while a sturdy steel scaffold occupies its rightful place on the right. These structures serve as vital support systems for workers to navigate their way around during construction. The photo also reveals an array of ladders and tools scattered across various levels, highlighting both precision and hard work required to bring this vision to life. As our eyes wander through each detail captured within this frame, we can almost hear echoes of hammering and drilling resonating from these very tools. Wooden beams intertwine with concrete foundations as they form part of what would become Sydney Opera House's distinctive roof tiles – an architectural feature that has come to symbolize Australia's cultural identity worldwide. J. Tanner's skillful lens immortalizes a pivotal moment in history when dreams transformed into reality against all odds. This photograph serves as a testament to human ingenuity and determination; it captures not just bricks and mortar but also embodies aspirations realized through unwavering dedication.

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