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2001/84/92 Performance costume, 'Sturt Desert Pea', fabric / plastic / aluminium / foam, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by the Ceremonies Costume Workshop, used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000. Click to enlarge.

'Sturt Desert Pea' performance costume used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Made
The Stuart Desert Pea costume consists of a green nylon lycra unitard and an elaborate head-dress which fits into an aluminium frame harness. It was worn with a cape (object 2001/84/341). The costume featured in the Nature segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony . It is one of approximately 120 identical costumes worn male and female performers. The costume was designed by Eamon D'Arcy and manufactured in the Ceremonies Costume Workshop in Redfern, NSW.

The Nature segment of …

Summary

Object No.

2001/84/92

Object Statement

Performance costume, 'Sturt Desert Pea', fabric / plastic / aluminium / foam, designed by Eamon D'Arcy, made by the Ceremonies Costume Workshop, used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000

Physical Description

Consists of a unitard made from green stretch synthetic fabric, an aluminium harness that is padded with foam and fits over the shoulders and down the back, and a headpiece made to emulate the flower of Sturt Desert Pea. The headpiece is made from fibreglass and foam, that has been covered with red synthetic material with a gold fleck and black fabric with black sequins.

Production

Designed

Notes

Eamon D'Arcy originally trained in theatre design at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. He later continued his studies at the English National Opera Theatre Design School (London) and recently completed his Master of Philosophy degree in the Department of Art History and Theory, University of Sydney.

In addition to his designs for the Opening Ceremony, D'Arcy was also Production Designer for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, Opening and Closing Ceremonies including all Medal Ceremonies.

He was Production Designer for the Handover Ceremony at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, USA and Production Designer for the Handover Ceremony, Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002, the Melbourne 2006 Games Committee

Other work includes Designer of the NSW Float for the recent 2001 Federation Day Parade in Sydney and Festival Designer for the Queensland Biennial, Festival of Music, 2001.

Theatre design work includes; ? Associate Designer for the musicals Singing in the Rain 2001 and Cabaret 2002. ? Production designer for the musical Hot Shoe Shuffle and The Man from Snowy River Arena Spectacular in 2002 ? Set and Costume Designer for Black Chicks Talking 2002 - 2003. ? Set Designer for the musical Hair touring Australia 2003 and Burn the Floor touring USA in 2002 - 2003

D'Arcy's designs for the Nature segment featured animated flower costumes in which the performers body became part of the flower. In addition to the complex sculptural forms featuring a variety of colours and textures, the costumes are

The costume is based on the state flower of South Australia the Stuart's Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa).

During the performance the individual Sturt Desert Peas spread their wings and clustered together around the Waratah poles forming an image of the Waratah (Telopea speciosissima), the state flower of NSW. During the 'light up' sequence the performers activated a switch and the head- dresses lit up.

History

Notes

Worn by one of approximately 120 male and female performers who during the performance spread their wings and clustered together around the Waratah poles forming an image of the Waratah.

Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government

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

'Sturt Desert Pea' performance costume used in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 August 2022, <https://ma.as/503980>

Wikipedia

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