A plan to project a racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House has sparked controversy in Australia.
Racing New South Wales pitched the idea to promote the upcoming world's richest turf race, the TAB Everest. The Sydney Opera House initially rejected the proposal but a state official overruled and allowed a revised 10-minute projection of the ad for Oct. 9.
In recent days more than 150,000 people signed a petition calling for the opera house to be protected as a “heritage site,” Meanwhile, some political officials have publicly supported the ad concept as good for the economy and tourism to promote the $13 million race, scheduled for Oct. 12 at Randwick.
“This is one of the biggest events of the year… why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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