For the people who missed
ETERNITY above Sydney Harbour this morning, it will happen again later today!
This time, Eternity will be written at 3pm and will be best viewed from the Eastern Suburbs at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Duff Reserve, Neilson Park, Bradley’s Head, Robertson’s Point Lighthouse and Fort Dennison.
Reactions from Sydneysiders after the word
unexpectedly appeared in the sky this morning ranged from complete surprise to
disbelief, bringing back memories of ETERNITY appearing on the Sydney Harbour
Bridge as part of the 2000 millennium celebrations, with many people reflecting
on more hopeful times.
ETERNITY was first written by Sydney personality,
Arthur Stace, almost 90 years ago when our city was facing an uncertain future
in the aftermath of the Great Depression and leading into to WW2.
In its heyday, ETERNITY was a good news story. It caught Sydney and Australia by surprise
and captured the imagination of newspaper editors, writers, artists and musicians.
Today, as we find ourselves dealing with COVID-19,
ETERNITY continues to evoke positive emotions and is part of our national story
– featuring in artworks, buildings, landmarks and businesses across Australia
and around the world.
The skywriting is being organised by the Australian
Television and Media Group, who are producing a documentary looking at the way
ETERNITY is still being used and embraced today.
“I would like to encourage people to take photos and
use the #eternity hashtag when posting on social media,” said Richard Attieh,
the Executive Producer and Director of the new documentary.
“Eternity is one of those words that means different
things to different people, and we want to record as many Eternity Stories as
The website for the Eternity Film (www.eternityfilm.com.au) has
a page dedicated to capturing our Eternity Stories.
Ric Birch was interviewed in February this year, and
will be joined by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover More, businessman Remo Giuffre,
historian and author Roy Williams, Town Hall Eternity Café owner George Semaan,
architect Peter Tonkin and Australian graffiti and street artist Matthew
‘Mistery’ Peet in a long list of personalities who will feature in the film.
Today marks the official launch of production, and this new Eternity documentary is slated to be released on 14 November later this year – which is the anniversary date of ETERNITY being first written on a footpath in Darlinghurst.
Eternity Above Sydney Harbour …again
Date: Friday 5 June 2020 Time: 3.00pm The best vantage points: • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair • Bradley’s Head • Fort Dennison
Eternity will be written between approximately 3.00-3.10am and will be visible drifting north east towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge for approximately 20 minutes.