HALO

Wellington NZ — 2023

Defying physics, HALO appears out of the ether through the Metaverse, an ancient stone circle and a futurist monument. Its ephemeral presence disperses sun- and moon-light, evoking celestial haloes which form part of intersecting cosmologies and ancient weather lore. Suspended as if under a spell and held by the gravitational pull of the moon, the virtual monument honours the deep past and conjures new possibilities.

To create HALO, a unique Aotearoa NZ stone, Tākaka marble, was codified grain by grain. With origins in the Alpine fault lines that formed Te Riu-a-Māui Zealandia, the World’s 8th Continent, the crystalline stone holds the history and spirit of ancestors and land. Treasured for its beauty and strength, the rock was quarried on large-scale in the early 1900s. It expressed the permanence desired for building colonial monuments and civic buildings, including New Zealand’s Parliament. HALO references this past and the present where the stone clads new structures of governance and knowledge.

Suspended high over the legendary harbour, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, HALO connects earth, sky and sea. As a circle of unity, the sculpture harnesses creative technologies as a step towards sustainability. Its creation required no large-scale quarrying, manufacturing, logistics, or carbon offsets. Instead, it is cut, carved, edged, polished and manifested in extended reality. HALO occupies dynamic worlds, and - in place of permanence - holds space for aspirations, dreams and memories.