Wellington | Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa 2023–2024

In Aotearoa New Zealand's capital city, HALO is encountered on Te Aranui o Pōneke / The Great Harbour Way, a virtual monument gifted to the people by the Wellington Sculpture Trust commemorating 40 years of ground-breaking public art.

Viewed through a mobile phone in real time and full scale, the 21 meter diameter marble sculpture is codified, carved and manifested in the Metaverse. Over the summer of 2023–2024, over 14,500 people made HALO in the capital from three geolocations: at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, on the waterfront outside Te Papa, and beside the historic Star Boating Club. Each location inserts the social and cultural fabric of the city into a monumental sculpture mise-en-scène. Looking north to the ancestral harbour Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the stone circle is suspended over the mouth of a great fish pulled from the sea by the demi-god Maui to form land for the beginning of life. Toward the city, the stone hovers over the seat of government, a legacy of British colonisation of Aotearoa with its parliamentary buildings and monuments carved in the sculpture's stone. Transformational and dynamic, the ephemeral HALO probes notions of presence, permanence, consciousness, and agency in the public realm.