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The Northern Foyer. Fifth Facade, 1973


The Northern Foyer. Fifth Facade, 1973


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The Northern Foyer. Fifth Facade, 1973

Interior shot of the northern foyer at the Sydney Opera House. John Olsens mural Salute to Five Bells is located to the left, and the expanse of windows can be seen to the right. Construction was completed in 1973

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The Northern Foyer. Fifth Facade, 1973

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captures the essence of architectural brilliance and artistic grandeur within the iconic Sydney Opera House. This interior shot transports us to a realm where entertainment structures seamlessly merge with architectural art. The focal point of this photograph is John Olsen's magnificent mural, "Salute to Five Bells, " proudly adorning the left side of the foyer. Its vibrant colors and abstract forms evoke a sense of celebration and harmony, perfectly complementing the surrounding architectural features. To the right, an expanse of windows reveals breathtaking views that seem to extend endlessly into the horizon. These windows not only flood the space with natural light but also provide glimpses into Sydney's picturesque harbor, creating a seamless connection between man-made design and nature's beauty. Completed in 1973 after years of meticulous construction, this fifth facade stands as a testament to human ingenuity and creative vision. Leo Elia/ Ian Adkins skillfully captures every intricate detail through their lens, allowing us to appreciate both form and function in perfect harmony. As we gaze upon this print from National Film and Sound Archive, we are reminded that architecture can transcend its practical purpose by becoming an awe-inspiring work of art itself. It serves as a reminder that great design has no boundaries – it can inspire emotions while providing functional spaces for entertainment and cultural enrichment.

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