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Brook Andrew talking about the 'My skin, my life' segment of the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

This is a video about designing props for 'My skin my life', a segment of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Designer Brook Andrew talks about the origins of the ideas for the designs. He talks in front of a video that shows rehearsals and the actual performance. The duration of the video is 1 min 17 sec.

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Haka and Poi Championships, 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Leslie Adkin in New Zealand on 21 February 1928. It shows two wood-and- metal shields that were used as trophies in the 1928 Haka and Poi Championships. The shields display six Mäori tiki figures that connect the ribbon-like adornments. The negative of this image measures 5 cm by 7 cm.

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Things with wings - The transformation of a toy duck, 2006

This is a video about the waddling duck puppet and other winged props used in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Al Martinez (props construction manager) and Dan Potra (production designer) talk about the designs and show how they work. The duration is 1 min 16 sec.  

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Prop drum, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony

This is a prop drum, measuring 60.5 cm in diameter and 20.5 cm in depth, that was used in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It is a round cylinder made of polystyrene, and covered with brown calico 'skins' painted with irregular black concentric ellipses. The skins, which cover both sides of the drum, ...

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Prop shield, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony

This is a plywood and calico prop shield, measuring 2.26 m x 1.19 m, used in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The black plywood frame is made in the shape of a stylised fern or fir tree. Each panel of the frame has a white calico insert to allow light to show through. At the base of the shield is a ...

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Prop shields, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony

These are two of the prop shields that were used in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The shields are round and made of plywood. Both sides of each shield have African-inspired motifs on them; those pictured here are a stylised fish design in black and yellow and a geometric design in black and white. ...

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Prop 'cog' umbrella, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony

This is a small prop umbrella, measuring 1.40 m high and 1.79 m in diameter, that was used in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. A red-brown wheel cog has been painted on the material of the umbrella shade. The shape of the cog has been outlined in black. Sections of the cloth have been cut out so that ...

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'Turtle cloth' banner, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a silk banner designed by Jeffrey Samuels for use in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The background colours are mottled browns, oranges, white and ochre. Two different Indigenous designs of turtles span virtually the entire width of the banner. These designs are ‘X-ray’ in style and painted ...

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Model sheep-making machine, prop, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a scale model of a so-called 'sheep-making machine', a mechanical prop that was designed by Dan Potra for use as a mechanical prop in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The model, which is made from wire, corrugated cardboard and wood, was designed as an abstract shearing shed with awnings, windmills, ...

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Lawnmower prop, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a painted foam rubber lawnmower designed by Dan Potra for use as a theatrical prop in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The base of the mower consists of a circular piece of green painted foam with a red top. A large purple-black foam cylinder and a small black foam square, with a red cylinder ...

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Model 'Kelly horse', Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a scale model of the ‘Kelly horse’, which was designed by Dan Potra for use as a mechanical prop in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The model has a wood and metal framework, with eight metal wheels. A corrugated cardboard conveyor belt and tall wooden tower have been constructed around the ...

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Violin theatrical prop, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a polystyrene and fibreglass violin and bow theatrical prop, designed by Eamon D'Arcy for use in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The violin and bow are approximately life-size and are painted bright green with glitter paint. Green reflective tape has been attached to simulate strings.

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Shoe bike theatrical prop, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a theatrical prop designed by Ross Wallace for use in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It is an adult tricycle, surrounded by a steel frame covered with wire mesh, fabric and multicoloured artificial flowers and a green satin lining. The front wheel of the tricycle is situated in the toe of ...

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Giant blowfly model, Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

This is a model, measuring 41.5 cm x 37.5 cm, for a large inflatable blowfly that was designed by Reg Mombassa for use as a prop in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The shape of the blowfly, which has been cut from foamcore, has a hand-drawn image of the blowfly glued to its surface. The blowfly's ...