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2008/36/29 Cap, 'Our Bridge', cotton / cardboard / metal / LED light, designed by Tony Assness and Deuce Design for the 75th Anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge, maker unknown, China, used by New South Wales Premier's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2007. Click to enlarge.

Cap marking 75th anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge

Designed
This cap has significance as a record of a major community event: the celebrations on Sunday 18 March 2007 marking the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Bridge. The people of Sydney made the 75th anniversary an unqualified success. In a demonstration of community spirit, 200,000 people registered by e-mail to walk across the Bridge, which was closed to traffic from 4 am to 10.30 pm.

Perhaps the nation's greatest building project of the twentieth century, the Bridge is a well-known symbol that has represented Sydney and Australia to the world. Its vast history has touched many lives, including those who lobbied for its creation, those displaced by its construction, those who worked and died to build it, and those who participated in its spectacular opening. Today it looms large in the daily lives of Sydney's inhabitants, and many feel a personal connection to the Bridge.

Branded as 'Our Bridge', the anniversary event was meticulously planned by Executive Producer Noel Staunton and the Office of Protocol and Special Events in the New South Wales Premier's Department. They engaged Deuce Design and creative director Tony Assness to develop a graphic design concept that was applied to the banner, flags, posters, ribbon, printed material and most other items produced for the 'Our Bridge' celebration. The design gave the celebration a unique 'look and feel', heightened the sense of occasion, and contributed to the remarkable spirit of community that was evident.

There were planned activities throughout the day, with various organisations and agencies providing events across Sydney Harbour. An official ceremony took place at 9 am, comprising a welcome to country, the national anthem, speeches, a ribbon cutting, a pyrotechnics display and a performance of the specially composed 'Our Bridge' overture. The Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir, cut the ribbon and the Bridge Walk began. Volunteers handed out free caps at the start of the walk, which went from north to south over the deck of the Bridge. Participants could hear a specially created soundscape, featuring highlights of news bulletins and music of the last 75 years, presented decade by decade. Spectacular windchimes hanging from the walkway completed the soundscape. A memorial plaque dedicated to the 16 workers who died during the construction of the Bridge was unveiled at Dawes Point Park.

Nightfall heightened the sense of occasion. Under the direction of Stephen Page, an Indigenous smoking ceremony was held at sunset. Several hundred members of the Indigenous community timed their walk to coincide with the smoking ceremony. Special lighting effects illuminated the Bridge as never before. The last walkers, wearing fluorescent caps containing small lights, crossed the Bridge around 9 pm.

Summary

Object No.

2008/36/29

Object Statement

Cap, 'Our Bridge', cotton / cardboard / metal / LED light, designed by Tony Assness and Deuce Design for the 75th Anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge, maker unknown, China, used by New South Wales Premier's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2007

Physical Description

Cap, 'Our Bridge', cotton / cardboard / metal / LED light, designed by Tony Assness and Deuce Design for 75th Anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge, maker unknown, China, used by New South Wales Premier's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2007

Orange heavy cotton baseball-style cap, with grey material under peak, metal buckle on adjustable strap at back, stud on top, and 'Our Bridge 75' logo embroidered in grey at front, 'Our Bridge' across the back, and Energy Australia logos in black and blue embroidery at the sides. An LED light is inserted in the shield of the front logo.

Marks

Manufacturer's label states 'One size fits all; Made in China, 100% cotton. SHB 75 TM NSW'.

Dimensions

Height

130 mm

Width

200 mm

Depth

290 mm

Production

Designed

Notes

Made in China by an unknown maker. The cap bears the 'Our Bridge' logo designed by Tony Assness with Deuce Design.

History

Notes

On Sunday 18 March 2007, during the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge, caps were handed out to the public free of charge to add colour and to distinguish those who had walked across the bridge. This is a sample of the 40,000 caps handed out after sunset. Sponsored by Energy Australia, they contained LED lighting, producing a striking effect after dark, especially during the Aboriginal ceremony, and creating a snake effect across the bridge as people walked. The cap was donated to the Museum by the NSW Office of Protocol and Special Events as part of a collection of objects and designs created in 2007 for the anniversary celebrations.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Office of Protocol and Special Events, New South Wales Premier's Department, 2008

Acquisition Date

20 February 2008

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