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2001/84/573 Documentation, Endeavour Cycle, paper, 'Tin Symphony', Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, collected by Dan Potra and staff at the Ceremonies Workshop, Eveleigh, Sydney 2000. Click to enlarge.

'Tin Symphony' documentation from the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Made
Comprising design drawings and design concepts, this archival material refers to the 'Endeavour Cycle' that Dan Potra devised for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. Made from three interconnecting bicycles, the prop symbolised the HMS Endeavour on its arrival to Australian shores. Riding the cycle into the arena were three performers, representing Captain Cook, his 'first mate' and 'second mate', and in tow, a caged rabbit that symbolised the introduction of feral species.

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/573

Object Statement

Documentation, Endeavour Cycle, paper, 'Tin Symphony', Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, collected by Dan Potra and staff at the Ceremonies Workshop, Eveleigh, Sydney 2000

Physical Description

Documentation, Endeavour Cycle, paper, 'Tin Symphony', Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, collected by Dan Potra and staff at the Ceremonies Workshop, Eveleigh, Sydney 2000

Documentation relating to the Opening Ceremony, A4 folder containing one copy of an original drawing of the Endeavour cycle and 17 photocopies of Heath Robinson cartoons which were used by Dan Potra as inspiration for his Opening Ceremony Tin Symphony props such as the tank cycle and Endeavour cycle.

Dimensions

Width

305 mm

Depth

35 mm

Production

Notes

This archival material represents the initial design concepts that gave rise to the Endeavour Cycle - an elaborate prop that would begin the Tin Symphony segment of the Opening Ceremony.

Prop maker, Alan Robertson, and the Ceremonies Workshop collected this archival material to assist with the design and manufacture of the Endeavour Cycle - an elaborate prop that would begin the Tin Symphony segment of the Opening Ceremony.

History

Notes

The Ceremonies Workshop and prop maker, Alan Robertson, referred to this archival material when building the Endeavour Cycle - an elaborate prop that would begin the Tin Symphony segment of the Opening Ceremony.

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

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Tin Symphony' documentation from the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <https://ma.as/501210>

Wikipedia

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