January 2020 marks a significant time in the history of not just Sydney, but Australia. Why?
The doughnuts in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House were taken down for good.
If you don’t know, the doughnuts were placed in the Concert Hall when the Opera House was built to improve the acoustics. The Opera House opened in October 1973 and the doughnuts have remained suspended all this time.
They became legendary, virtually a tourist attraction themselves.
The doughnuts were devised by a guy called Peter Hall who took over as architect of the Opera House after Jorn Utzon spat the dummy, and acoustician Dr Vilhelm Jordan.
The Concert Hall is undergoing a major renovation that will take 2 years to complete and part of the project is to improve the acoustics without the doughnuts. It will cost $200 million.
The big question is, what’s going to happen to the doughnuts?
According to the article in The Sun-Herald:
The Hall and Jordan families will be offered first dibs on some of the doughnuts, which are now safely packaged in custom boxes and stored off-site. Others will be offered to other institutions, some will be kept within the Opera House collection and possibly re-fashioned with the help of artists, others may be auctioned off.
If the proprietors of the Sydney Opera House read this (and why wouldn’t they?) I’m quite happy to take one off their hands. I have a man cave that needs improved acoustics.