Official Colours for Aussie Heart
June 7, 2008
June 07, 2008 12:00am
THEY will adorn the city in colours reminiscent of the Australian Outback, but Sydney Harbour and the Southern Cross will be the “principal decorations” of this year’s World Youth Day.
The Pope’s Master for Liturgical Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, joined Cardinal George Pell and WYD08 coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher to announce the designs behind this year’s festival.
Unveiling the vibrant red, orange, yellow and blue banners, fencing, billboards and flags, Cardinal Pell said the colours were “recognisably Australian”.
The designs include 2500 banners which will be hung around the city from the end of June.
Among the most spectacular installations will be two “sanctuaries”, or sacred spaces surrounding altars built for the event.
Construction work on the first showpiece sanctuary at Barangaroo, near King St Wharf, will begin in the coming weeks, ahead of Pope Benedict’s arrival on Sydney Harbour in July.
Workers will begin building the second one, at Randwick Racecourse, from June 15 and Bishop Fisher said it would be a large structure, measuring 60m wide and 73m deep.
It will be covered by a 22m-tall roof and will feature a giant cross and a painting of Marjorie’s Bird, depicting the Holy Spirit, by Tiwi Islander artist Marjorie Liddy.
The image will also feature on vestments worn by priests at the event, while Bishop Fisher said he had every confidence Pope Benedict would don “a more elaborate version” when he celebrated Mass on July 20. The event is expected to be up to 500,000.
The Pope and his entourage will reach the altar via an 86m ramp. A tiered seating area will be built for the 500 cardinals and bishops.
Bishop Fisher said WYD08 organisers had thought carefully about the messages behind the colours and designs for the festival.
“The colours of red, orange and yellow flowing throughout symbolise the Holy Trinity and the flames of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,” he said.
“They also bring to mind the colours the Australian Outback. The blue represents the waters of baptism, the sea of humanity and Mary full of grace.
“They also represent the oceans that surround Australia, and the magnificent Sydney Harbour, the location of this great event.”