Sydney Olympic Park: Volunteer Memorial & Novotel Hotel on Olympic Boulevarde

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Comments (18)

Luca Rigato on September 30, 2008

Hi Ian. Beautiful lights! I have loaded some photos of the city center where I live, who is located near Venice. Photos of Padova. In the near future I'll load some photos of some natural beauty of Italy!

michael habla on October 1, 2008

interesting shot !

best regards


Ian Stehbens on October 1, 2008

Dear Luca,

You really did send me into the city for some night photo sessions, and so I am delighted that you are receiving them so appreciatively. Thanks for the images of Padova, I will study them more though I have seen them inclusding the panoramas.

And Michael,

I should have anticipated that this one would appeal to you, the master of strong colours and patterns. I am pleased.

The poles in the foreground are a memorial to the 10000 volunteers who were used to run the Sydney Olympics in 2000, on this site. The concept of the poles derives from the burial poles of an indigenous culture of north Australia. The names of the volunteers are inscribed on the poles, with other significant designs among them. The tower lights are powered by solar cells.

Between the poles and the hotel runs Olympic Boulevarde, which was a sight to see during the Olympics as the 100 000 people left the surrounding stadia at the end of a session and shortly after another 100000 arrived to fill them for the next session. From end to end, it was a joyful relaxed sea of moving humanity.



Very nice night shot Ian!! Interesting information too!

Greetings, Kostas

Ian Stehbens on October 2, 2008

Thanks Kosta. I am pleased to share through image and words the significance and beauty of place and culture.


Antonietta * on October 2, 2008

Ian You captured a realy nice combination here. The lights, shadows of the poles and colours are great. I always read your very complete information about the surroundings, it is so kind of you...Sincere greetings, Antonietta

Ian Stehbens on October 2, 2008

I am grateful for your appreciation of the commentaries as well as of the image, Antonietta. My warmest wishes,


Ed. Rodríguez Prati on October 5, 2008

Very fine shot Ian of a contemporary "monument". Poles are now an extended fashion in this kind of design. I don't know exactly when it began but are very characteristic in open air interventions of the 80's in Barcelona.

Friendly greetings, Edmundo

jeff_msn123 on October 5, 2008

Excellent light effect. A fantastic shot. I like the pole.

If you like it, please give your vote to these photos - PHOTO I , PHOTO II , PHOTO III.

Thank you

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on October 6, 2008

It is great that you were atracted to this picture, Jeff. Much appreciated here for I so much wanted to record this interesting precinct appropriately.

I love learning from you Edmundo, and thank you also for your compliment on the image. I appreciate your words "contemporary monument" for I found that liberating - liberating from the notion that monuments implied staid stone sculptures.

As for the Australian cultural background that I referred to these poles were inspired by the Pukamani poles of Tiwi culture.

Ceremonies such as Kulama (Yam harvest) and Pukamani (burial) play an important role in Tiwi culture. During the Pukumani there is the making of carved poles, called tutini, from ironwood trees and they are decorated, often carved and erected to honour a deceased person and celebrate their spiritual journey beyond death to life in the spiritual realm.

Tiwi Island is a large island north of Darwin.



EVA_L on October 21, 2008

Idea of this monument is wonderful, Yan! And your night images are as always delightful!!!

Yours sincerely, Eva

Ian Stehbens on October 22, 2008

Thankyou, Eva. And I certainly do enjoy night wanders with the camera. What a difference digital technology has made to night photographh.

Your friend, Yan

gezginruh on October 25, 2008

Beatiful lights...Beaituful detail..Greetings Ian..

Aubrey Skelly on October 25, 2008

This is a super Photo Ian, still love your architectural photos you have super talent, cheers, Aubrey :)

Christian Erb on April 15, 2012

Thanks for joining the olympic group, since we have an olympic year lets add as many pictures as possible and invite other members to our group... best regards from switzerland

Ian Stehbens on April 16, 2012

O my goodness, Aubrey. I missed your comment, I am sorry. Forgive me, but thanks very much for your affirmation. Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on April 16, 2012

Yes, Cheribe, I will add my few Olympic Photos from 2000 to the group, and I assure you I will be watching the London Olympics day and night.

Regards from Australia,


Christian Erb on April 16, 2012

ok lets hope australia wins many medals greets from switzerland

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