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97/123/7 Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.. Click to enlarge.

Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1992.

The Olympic Park site now features a new suburb of over 1,000 residences as well as a new railway line and station, Showground, Olympic sports venues and parklands. With a professional design content even more pervasive than that employed in the development of Canberra, this is one of Australia's most significant and ambitious urban developments. The project is also notable as an exception to the introverted economic and political climate of the late-1990s - both the NSW and Australian governmen...

Summary

Object No.

97/123/7

Object Statement

Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.

Physical Description

Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992.Model of Sydney Olympic Park, as proposed for the successful 1993 bid for the 2000 Olympic Games. The model depicts the Homebush site from Homebush Bay and Parramatta River to the north to the western freeway to the south. It features the Olympic venues for archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, modern pentathlon, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, as well the Olympic Village, Media Village and Main press centre. A plaque lists the venues planned for the Olympic Park.
The model is protected by a clear plastic cover. It has no plinth and can be suspended for wall viewing.

Dimensions

Height

66 mm

Width

1465 mm

Depth

1465 mm

Production

Notes

The model is based on the Homebush Bay Master Plan, developed by planners MSJ Keys Young, the NSW Government's Property Services Group, and the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd.
Like the design of individual venues, the design of the Olympic Park has undergone many revisions since 1993. Most notable is the concentration of venues to the south, towards the freeway and away from Homebush Bay. This change has been made mainly to locate venues near the railway station, which is being constructed in a more central location than originally planned. This in turn results from recognition that rail and bus will be the main forms of transport to the Games, and that their efficiency must be maximised.
The 1993 Bid made ferry transport a visual focus of its plans, models and other graphics, and orientated the site around a major north-south boulevard running from the Olympic Stadium to a ferry wharf at Homebush Bay. Ferry transport was never intended to be a major form of transport to the Games, but it did permit this clever use of Sydney's 'harbour city' image in support of the successful Bid.
In the revised plan the northern area will be developed as parkland, extending the Bicentennial Park opened in 1988. The former brickpit, to be redeveloped as a landscaped outdoor auditorium in the 1992 plan, will be partly flooded. The altered plan was also influenced by discovery of a colony of threatened frogs in the brickpit plus the revelation that Homebush Bay is one of the most polluted areas of water in Sydney. The main boulevarde now runs east-west past the railway and bus station.
Despite these changes, numerous features of the 1992 plan survive as modelled, including the location of the Olympic Village to the west of Haslams Creek, and the location of the athletics and swimming stadia and the new Showground.

The model was made by Bruce Webb.

Charles Pickett, curator.

History

Notes

The model was displayed in 1992 and 1993 at the offices of the Sydney Olympics Bid. From 1994 to 1996 it was displayed at the SOCOG offices.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG)

Acquisition Date

6 May 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992. 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 January 2020, <https://ma.as/155320>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/155320 |title=Model, site, Sydney Olympic Park, for the Sydney Olympics 2000 Bid Ltd, Sydney, 1992. |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=25 January 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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