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2001/84/40 Double bass, theatrical prop, polystyrene/fibreglass, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill at the Ceremonies workshop, used in the 'Arrivals' segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, 2000. Click to enlarge.

Double bass, theatrical prop, polystyrene/fibreglass, designed by Eamon D’Arcy, made by Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill at the Ceremonies workshop, used in the ‘Arrivals’ segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, 2000

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000.

Designed by Eamon D’Arcy, this polystyrene double bass was one of several musically inspired props to feature in ‘Arrivals’ - a theatrical segment in the Opening Ceremony for the Sydney Olympic Games. Together, they represented the cultural traditions that arrived in Australia through European migration. With green paint and glitter details, double bass complemented the performers’ costumes and made direct reference to the green Olympic ring - a symbol of the European continent. Dressed in green...

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/40

Object Statement

Double bass, theatrical prop, polystyrene/fibreglass, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill at the Ceremonies workshop, used in the 'Arrivals' segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, 2000

Physical Description

Double bass, theatrical prop, polystyrene/fibreglass, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill at the Ceremonies workshop, used in the 'Arrivals' segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, 2000

The surface of the double bass prop has been coated with fiberglass polyester resin and painted with green lacquer and glitter. Reflective tape has been stuck to the middle of the front of the double bass to simulate strings.

Dimensions

Width

777 mm

Depth

150 mm

Production

Notes

Designer, Eamon D'Arcy, developed the polystyrene instruments in Sydney in early 2000. Initially, he considered purchasing inexpensive instruments to use as props though later decided to make replicas that could be painted and decorated to suit the segment. Made from polystyrene and polyester resin, the props were lightweight and simple to style.

Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill made the polystyrene instruments in 2000 at the Ceremonies Workshop at Eveleigh. The polystyrene bodies were cut and carved to shape and coated with a polyester resin. Green lacquer and glitter were applied to the surface and reflective tape was attached to simulate strings.

History

Notes

Green, polystyrene instruments were used as theatrical props on the 'Europe' float, part of the 'Arrivals' segment in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. The ceremony was held at Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park, on 15 September 2000.

Made for and owned by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after the Games.

Source

Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

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Double bass, theatrical prop, polystyrene/fibreglass, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by Gustavo Balboa, Clint Tagoe, Charles Gillespie and Jamie Gill at the Ceremonies workshop, used in the 'Arrivals' segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, 2000 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 May 2019, <https://ma.as/345970>

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