Sydneysiders turned out in droves at the Opera House tonight to protest the projection of the barrier draw for Saturday’s Everest Cup on the sails of the pointy icon.

The projection has garnered a fair chunk of backlash, exemplified a petition in support of Opera House boss Louise Herron (who pushed back against the decision to use the building as “billboard“) that has so far gathered over 300,000 signatures — which is roughly equivalent to 1 in every 80 Australians signing it.

Protestors used handled torches and lamps to attempt to obscure the projection, which might not have done a great job by itself, but may or may not have been greatly aided by the use of industrial spotlights by the Australian Lighting Industry Association:

The impact from the ground wasn’t hugely noticeable, but it is substantially visible in the photos put up of the projections by Racing NSW:

A true testament to the power of the human spirit and professional stage lighting.

Image: Twitter / Racing NSW