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is anyone else considering reworking the utzon article? it is mainly about the opera house today, offering a somewhat limited picture of the architect.
and speaking of pictures, is this a worthy wikipedia link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seier/sets/72157600103941003/ ?
--SEIER+SEIER 00:04, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Why is he categorized as Danish-Australian? He weren't born in Australia nor does he live there. Just because he worked there while the opera house was built doesn't make him Australian. EconomicsGuy (talk) 08:32, 30 January 2008 (UTC)
"Never saw his masterpiece in person."
Now that he's passed on, I'm sure it won't be long till someone again adds the oft-cited rumour that he never returned to Sydney to see the completed Opera House in person. As far as I can tell, this is heresay until a definitive reference can be provided. - Dudesleeper / Talk 15:07, 29 November 2008 (UTC)
- "Jorn Utzon, an architect who designed one of the world’s most recognizable buildings — the Sydney Opera House — but never saw it finished, died in Copenhagen on Saturday. He was 90.
- "When he was accepting the honorary doctorate in 2003, Jan Utzon said the fact that his father had never visited the opera house did not mean he had not experienced the building. “As its creator, he just has to close his eyes to see it,” he said."
- http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/arts/design/30utzon.html --CapeCanaveral321 (talk) 22:00, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
But it's quoting the daughter as saying that. It's not speculative or based on information written somewhere. It's also in Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country."--CapeCanaveral321 (talk) 04:56, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Dudesleeper, you describe it as a "rumour" that he never returned to Australia. If this were not the case, there'd be some record of his return. It would have made big news, particularly in Sydney. Search all you like, but I can guarantee you won't find anything that says he ever came back - because the fact is that he didn't. And why would he, after the absolutely shameful way he was treated here? His design was changed by politicians who never went to an opera in their lives, and knew nothing about acoustics or the space required to stage large internal events. At the official opening in 1973, his name was not so much as mentioned, not even once. Who would want to come back after that sort of treatment? -- JackofOz (talk) 05:11, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
- He never did return. All the Danish obituaries carried that information and I can guarantee that at least the major newspapers did not use Wikipedia for that information as they have been following his career closely for many years. --Saddhiyama (talk) 12:12, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Other biographies state he did follow other projects after the Opera house: http://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/u/utzon.htm (Sorry, Spanish) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs) 1 December 2008
"Utzon says his design was inspired by the simple act of peeling an orange: the 14 shells of the building, if combined, would form a perfect sphere."
This is a ridiculous claim. It comes from a Danish news website and was written in 2008, probably just after Utzon's death. The bit about the orange is true. The claim that there are 14 shells is demonstrably wrong - you can count them in the picture, and even if you count a pair of shells as "a shell", there is no way you can get to a count of 14. The claim that if you combine the shells, you get a perfect sphere, is also 100% journalistic invention.Lathamibird (talk) 12:26, 1 July 2015 (UTC)