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Tapestry from 1960 returns to Opera House

A tapestry depicting the first designs of the Sydney Opera House has returned to its rightful home.

The tapestry was designed by Swiss-French architect and urbanist Le Corbusier in 1958 at the request of the Opera House's architect Jorn Utzon.

Les Des Sont Jetes (The Dice Are Cast) is a 6.5-square-metre wool tapestry that was commissioned just a year after the announcement of Utzon's winning Opera House entry and was intended to hang inside the venue.

Le Corbusier and Utzon met in Paris in 1959 after Utzon had sent drawings of his winning design to the tapestry's creator.

The finished work was delivered to Utzon in 1960 but it never made its way to the Opera House as Utzon left the project in 1966.

The tapestry has hung in Utzon's home in Hellbaek until recently, when it was bought by the Opera House at an auction in Copenhagen on June 9 using funds from Opera House benefactors.

"We are profoundly grateful to the passionate philanthropists who have enabled this very special acquisition for the Australian public, led by Peter Weiss AO and including former SOH chairman Joseph Skrzynski AO, who re-engaged Jorn Utzon during his tenure," Sydney Opera House chief executive Louise Herron said.

"The tapestry will be on public display for everyone to enjoy, reminding us of our roots as we embark on a decade of renewal."

Source: AAP

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