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SydneyOpera house marks architect's death

The Sydney Opera House lights are dimmed on its sails Sunday in respect for Danish architect Joern Utzon.

Associated Press

The Sydney Opera House lights are dimmed on its sails Sunday in respect for Danish architect Joern Utzon.

The distinctive white sails of the Sydney Opera House darkened Sunday night to mourn the death of Joern Utzon, the creative mind behind the globally known landmark.

"Joern Utzon was a visionary architect whose legacy includes one of the world's most spectacular and inspiring buildings, the Sydney Opera House," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.

Floodlights that illuminate the structure were dimmed for one hour Sunday night to mark Utzon's death.

Utzon died of a heart attack in his sleep early Saturday in Denmark, said his son, Kim Utzon. He was 90.

His design for the opera house was selected in 1957 after a world competition. But he was pushed off the project after years of cost overruns and wrangling with the government. He left Australia before the building was completed and never returned. Today ,the building is seen as a bargain as the leading symbol for modern Australia.


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