Heard about the “Sydney Splash”? It took place in September 2000 when Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, landed a seaplane in Sydney Harbour to highlight the official nomination of Sydney Opera House as a candidate in the New7Wonders of the World campaign. The dramatic touchdown took place one week before the 2000 Olympics Games began and the resulting news reports generated so much interest that the New7Wonders website could barely cope with the traffic.
The “Sydney Splash” is one of the many milestones along the road that New7Wonders has taken since September 1999, when Bernard Weber launched www.new7wonders.com, the New7Wonders website. Over the past 14 years, his vision has expanded dramatically as the initial campaign that encouraged the world to select the human-made Wonders of the World using the medium of the internet was followed by the New7Wonders of Nature campaign, which, in turn, has been followed by New7Wonders Cities.
The milestones — 77 in all — chronicle the growth of a global movement that encourages direct democratic participation and they can now be navigated in a dedicated ‘Milestones’ section of this website by simply clicking the left and right arrows or by scrolling through the timeline beneath the images and text.