Image of the week Opera backlash
It is one of the 20th century’s most famous landmarks, but not even the architectural wonder that is the Sydney Opera House can escape commercialisation. When sporting body Racing NSW said it would be illuminating its famous “sails” with an advertisement for its Everest Cup horse race, protestors were ready for it, shining torches and booing as the lighting display began. With shades of magazine FHM’s decision to project an image of model and presenter Gail Porter on the side of London’s Houses of Parliament in 1999, Racing NSW wanted to get its event “on the world stage” and said it wasn’t expecting such a fierce backlash. Let’s just hope Australians are still okay with their architectural jewel being all lit up in green for St Patrick’s Day.