Horse Racing Ad on Sydney Opera House Ignites Debate: Is All Australia for Sale?

A government-backed decision to use the iconic building to promote a multimillion-dollar horse race prompted a bitter dispute over the commodification of public spaces.


Comments: 8

  1. So disappointing. For me, catching sight of Sydney's glimmering opera house was akin to my first glimpse of Michelangelo's David in Florence -- a long-held dream come true. I hope Australians continue to be "precious" about this beautiful building .

  2. "Even Donald Trump wouldn’t get away with putting advertising onto the Lincoln Memorial ..."

    Don't be so sure. He could be advertising his garish red hats on the heads of Mount Rushmore before you know it.

  3. Guaranteed to give him ideas. Sad.

  4. Beautiful image. So what if it advertises a Horse race. its Art on an art house and the most tasteful billboard I've ever seen. Go #12 whoever you are... In a blink, like a race, it's gone. A ship sailing into the night... and the band played on.

  5. Who cares about whether or not "The Arts" are using advertising to make money!! It's not as if going to the opera or listening to orchestras pulls in money and attendance like rock star performers.
    If it works let them do it!

  6. I was flabbergasted that such a use of the Opera House was even considered. But then even more flabbergasted when both Labor and the Libs fell into line behind Alan Jones. I still can’t work out why they give him such power when his reach is so limited. NSW politics remains such a quagmire.

  7. Short answer 'yes' with an 'if', long answer 'no' with a 'but'.

  8. Such a shame to use an iconic building to advertise a horse race. Alan Jones is no more than a ‘shock jock’ who can’t be taken seriously by any thinking person and it seems the government is once again out of touch with the people. Although I must say these Sydney Siders are real ‘try-hards’, here in Melbourne we may not have the Opera House, but we do already have the horse race which stops the nation - The Melbourne Cup.