On 23 September 1993, Sydney
won its bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the year 2000.
This victory immediately set in motion the development of an entire
mood and image for the coming Games. Artists, designers, writers, historians,
sponsors, officials for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic
Games and even the general public assisted with this image making. The
result was a youthful yet often nostalgic view of the character of Australia,
including its beaches, suburbs, people, humour, Indigenous heritage
and multicultural society. It also reflected Australia's ingenuity
and innovation in design.
The Sydney 2000 Games, comprising both Olympic and Paralympic events,
took place from 15 September to 29 October 2000. In 2001, the New South
Wales (NSW) State Government formally transferred a collection of around
700 objects from the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Powerhouse
Museum. The Powerhouse retained 614, with the rest being distributed
to cultural institutions around Australia.
This collection is drawn - not from athletes, sports bodies
or sports equipment manufacturers - but from the work of the bodies
specially set up by the NSW Government to manage the Games: the Olympic
Coordination Authority (OCA), the Olympic Roads and Transport Authority
(ORTA), the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG)
and the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee (SPOC). The material
produced for this short period is a rich record of the people, ideas
and programs that contributed to the success of the Sydney 2000 Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
The collection categories
This website documents the Sydney 2000 Games, providing information in the following ways:
- Object data with at least one image of each object in the Sydney
2000 Games Collection.
- Edited audio interviews and transcripts of interviews with Mark
Armstrong (Blue Sky Design, about design of the Torch), Jonathan Nolan
(Program Manager, Image, SOCOG, about the look and image of the Games),
David Atkins (Artistic Director, Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000
Olympic Games), Jenny Kee (designer of costumes for the Opening Ceremony)
and Wojtek Pietranik (designer of the victory medals).
- Five design education modules (case studies) of particular interest
to tertiary design students, related to the development of the look
and image of the Games, the Olympic Torch, Opening Ceremony costume
design, victory medals design, and the green Games.
- Four 360° zoomable panoramas that provide insight into aspects
of the design of the Games' three of studios/spaces (of Blue Sky Design,
Jenny Kee and Wojtek Pietranik) where Olympic design work was undertaken,
and one of a collage of the Look and image guidelines' book pages.