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2001/84/612 Road marking samples, blue line, marathon course, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, metal/thermoplastic/glass aggregate, made by Zaganite Industries Pty. Ltd, Sydney 2000. Click to enlarge.

Road marking samples, blue line, marathon course, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, metal/thermoplastic/glass aggregate, made by Zaganite Industries Pty. Ltd, Sydney 2000

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

In August 2000, the Road and Transport Authority applied a blue thermoplastic material to Sydney’s roadways to mark the marathon course for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. These samples of powdered and hardened thermoplastic were used to test the road- marking material prior to its application. Specifically, these tests examined durability, friction, retroflection and adherence. Termed the ‘blue line’, the road mark became a distinctive and ubiquitous symbol of the Sydney Games.

The blue line...

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/612

Object Statement

Road marking samples, blue line, marathon course, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, metal/thermoplastic/glass aggregate, made by Zaganite Industries Pty. Ltd, Sydney 2000

Physical Description

Road marking samples, blue line, marathon course, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, metal/thermoplastic/glass aggregate, made by Zaganite Industries Pty. Ltd, Sydney 2000

Blue marathon line sample. This sample consists of thermo plastic material that has been coloured blue and adhered to a piece of metal and a bag containing the thermo plastic blue line material in powder form.

Production

Notes

Manufactured from extruded thermoplastic and glass aggregate, the blue line was developed to provide a non-slip and non-reflective surface for marathon runners and motorists alike. In addition, it was designed to sustain heavy ware almost immediately after its application and to retain a fresh appearance throughout the Games.

The blue line was made from thermoplastic and glass aggregate that were heated into a molten state. This substance was then extruded onto a dry and cleaned road.

History

Notes

These powdered and hardened samples of thermoplastic were used to test the road-marking material that would line the marathon course for the Sydney 2000 Games. The tests examined durability, friction, retroflection and adherence.

On 9 January 2001, the Sydney Roads and Traffic Authority donated these blue line samples to the Powerhouse Museum.

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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Road marking samples, blue line, marathon course, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, metal/thermoplastic/glass aggregate, made by Zaganite Industries Pty. Ltd, Sydney 2000 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 May 2019, <https://ma.as/501091>

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