The architect of Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon was a relatively unknown 38 year old man from Denmark in January 1957 when his entry was announced winner of the international competition to design a ‘national opera house’ for Sydney’s Bennelong Point. His vision for a sculptural, curved building on the harbour broke radically with the cube and rectangular shapes of modernist architecture. The building transformed his career and, in turn, transformed the image of an entire nation.
Jørn Utzon re-engaged with the Sydney Opera House in 2006 and re-designed one of the Sydney Opera House's performance spaces: The Utzon Room. The Utzon Tapestry collection is inspired by Utzon's vibrant tapestry which he designed for the space and which adorns the western wall of The Utzon Room.