Banner, 'The Olympic City Comes Alive', vinyl/metal, Live Sites, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000, made for the 'Look of the City of Sydney', made by Selby's Flags & Banners, Sydney 2000
This banner, 'The Olympic City Comes Alive!', appeared at one of the six Live Sites that operated in central Sydney during the Olympic Games. Each site provided free, live entertainment, and showcased different areas of local talent. Essentially, the sites served to reduce congestion at Olympic Park, and to sustain a festive atmosphere during the Games. Five of the six sites featured large video screens that broadcast the Seven Network's live coverage of Olympic competition.
The banners marking the sites were large and vibrant so as to draw extensive crowds and to reflect the energy of the entertainment. This banner depicts the 'Live Sites' logo - a woman propelled into the air against a pink background. The image is set against a blue border and the Fluid Energy motif that was a visual hallmark of the Games. The Live Site banners were made by Selby's Flags & Banners in Sydney, and were erected by 'The Look of the City of Sydney', a government body that decorated public venues for the Games. The banner is a record of the live entertainment that attracted large crowds and gained substantial media attention.
The Live Sites were dispersed across central Sydney though were within easy walking-distance of each as well as many popular landmarks. 'Centre Stage', at the Domain, featured a range of well- known performers, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vanessa Amorosi, Human Nature, and James Morrison and the Swing City Band. 'The Circus', at Circular Quay, was the site of street theatre and circus entertainment, with actors performing from the twenty-fifth floor of the AMP building, and on giant trapezes over Loftus Street. 'The Club', at Martin Place, converted into a range of clubs, including comedy, jazz, cabaret, country and late-night dance.
Belmore Park was the site of 'The J Gigs', which hosted jazz concerts during the day, and new Australian bands in the evening. (The ABC radio station, 'Triple J', hosted the evening performances.) Tumbalong Park, at Darling Harbour, presented 'World Music' that included local and international musicians. Pyrmont Bay Park held 'Performance Art', presenting an Australian film festival and live performance.
The banner and logo were designed for 'The Look of the City of Sydney', which decorated civic venues for the Games.
The vinyl banner was made by Selby's Flags & Banners of Sydney in 2000
The banner was used at one of six Live Sites in central Sydney that provided free entertainment during the 2000 Olympic Games. The sites were located at the Domain, Circular Quay, Martin Place, Belmore Park, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bay Park.
Owned by 'The Look of the City of Sydney', transferred to SOCOG, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after the Games.