20 August 2019

SCG partners with Google Arts and Culture

Explore the Australia’s obsession with sport in a new interactive online project by Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Sydney Cricket Ground.

 Today, Google Arts & Culture launched Great Sporting Land -- the first dedicated celebration of sporting culture on Google Arts & Culture. Collections, stories and knowledge from more than 30 institutions across Australia, including the Sydney Cricket Ground, have been brought together so people around the world can explore the tales and traditions, and the larrikins and legends of our great sporting nation.

 The online exhibition features more than 11,000 archived images and videos, and more than 100 original stories that celebrate the unifying spirit of this sports-mad nation. Google’s Art Camera also travelled to sporting institutions across the country to capture over 200 artworks and precious artefacts, such as the SCG Members Pavilion’s ‘Away Change Room Cupboard Doors’ in Gigapixel quality. In addition, everybody will be able to dive into a street view to tour iconic sites like Melbourne & Olympic Parks or the SCG.

 The SCG’s contribution to the ‘Google for sport’ project includes digital exhibitions, AR and VR expeditions and street view captures that explore the site’s rich history and place in shaping sport in Australia. Historic cricket bats, photographs, artworks and significant heritage items including the Away Change Room Cupboard Doors feature in the exhibition. The SCG Museum collection comes to life in an innovative digital experience that can be enjoyed by all.

 SCG CEO Kerrie Mather said: “The Sydney Cricket Ground is delighted to partner with with Google Arts and Culture to share our story to a global audience.

“The platform is a unique educational tool providing an opportunity for the SCG to share its history using innovative technology.

 “The story of the Sydney Cricket Ground – the famous moments, the tradition of membership and the place it holds in our city’s culture - is presented in stunning detail for all to discover.”

 Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture, said: “I might have been bowled for a duck as a kid on a few occasions. That's why I am very excited about the launch of this project celebrating the moments and heroes that have shaped Australian sporting culture - including Cricket - on Google Arts & Culture. Together with our 30 Australian partners we hope to inspire sport fans from around the world and knock them for six.”

 “Two years in the making, this initiative brings the rich history and heritage of Australia’s sporting culture to the world. We are delighted to work with the Sydney Cricket Ground and more than 30 other Australian partners to celebrate and preserve the heroes, moments and places that have shaped our cultural identity – and make this available for everyone to explore,” said Mel Silva, MD of Google Australia and New Zealand.

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