‘Bring Utzon Back’ sticker sheet

Made by Herrle, Karen in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1967.

This sheet of stickers is part of a rare collection documenting an important and highly controversial event in the dramatic story of the construction of the Sydney Opera House. Jorn Utzon won the competition to design the Opera House on 29 January 1957. Construction commenced in 1959 but was beset by problems relating to its complex, pioneering engineering and to its ever-escalating cost. The defeat of the New South Wales State Labor Party in May 1965 saw Norman Ryan, an Utzon supporter, supplan...


Sticker sheet, 'Bring Back Utzon', paper / ink, designed and made by John Kinstler and Karen Herrle, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1967

Sheet of sixteen adhesive stickers perforated in four rows of four, each printed in miniature with 'BRING BACK / UTZON' lettering in red adn black on white ground. The design is the same as used on a larger format poster.


165 mm
165 mm


The sticker designs are based on larger-format posters which were printed from [silk screens] designed and made by John Kinstler, an architect in the Government Architect's office, and Karen Herrle, an interior designer also employed with the Government Architect's office.
Herrle, Karen 1967


The sticker design was based on a poster devised, printed and distributed by a group of architects and interior designers working in the Government Architect's office, Sydney, early 1967, as part of the movement to have Jorn Utzon returned as architect of the Sydney Opera House following his 'forced' resignation in February 1966. The donors were both architects in the GA's office at the time and assisted with poster printing and distribution. The stickers played a similar, though smaller scale, role in the protest campaign.


Gift of May Watson and Bill Turner, 2007
22 January, 2007

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'Bring Utzon Back' sticker sheet 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2017, <https://ma.as/362074>
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