Construction began in 2006, with the wheel opening to the public in December 2008. Some residents welcomed the (AU)$100 million, 40-storey high wheel to the Melbourne cityscape, whereas others were not so kind. Among public discussion on the relevancy of the wheel, the critical question was posed: Did Melbourne really need its own version of the London Eye? Many said no.
In January 2009, only a month after the Observation Wheel was opened, cracks begin to appear in the structure leading to a temporary suspension (It was only later revealed that that the structural problem was caused by an inherent design fault rather than the heat).
Melbourne’s big wheel of misfortune
Thanks to Joe of ThisBigCity for the heads up on Melbourne’s disaster of a Ferris Wheel. It’s 2012- 6 years after construction began, and the thing is still not operational. It was 100 million to build- I wonder how much they’ve spent on these assessments and repairs?!
I believe this is where the kids would insert a *SMH*