In a New Zealand first, HALO, an augmented reality sculpture will float over the harbour from September 2023 to March 2024.


Advancing a legacy of 40 years of innovative public art in the capital city, Wellington Sculpture Trust presents New Zealand’s first digital public sculpture.

At the leading edge of creative technology, Gill Gatfield's HALO is a virtual monument experienced in the Metaverse. People can view the large-scale sculpture in real time and 3D using mobile phones from three locations on the Wellington waterfront. Suspended above the legendary harbour Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the giant stone circle connects earth, sky and sea.

HALO's primordial stone form is carved from codified Tākaka marble, which the artist closely studied and translated into pixels. Treasured for its beauty and strength, this rock was used in the early 1900s to build monuments and government buildings, including Parliament. Through extended reality, HALO explores new dimensions and combines digital and physical space.

Gill Gatfield describes her work across media: ‘HALO is an ancient stone circle and a futurist monument. Its ephemeral form is a circular symbol of unity; the sustainable sculpture honours the past and conjures new possibilities.’

HALO can be viewed from three locations: from Te Papa Bush City Terrace, and from two harbour side promenades: beside Te Papa and in front of the Star Boating Club. Look for the HALO signs to:

  •    Scan QR code for the free Gatfield XR App
  •    Enter the XR Exhibition
  •    Follow the App instructions
  •    Use your phone or tablet to see HALO above the harbour


7 September 2023 – 17 March 2024


Virtual Sculpture
Codified Tākaka Marble / 25 x 21.3 metres (height x diameter)  

Commissioned and funded by Wellington Sculpture Trust as a gift to Wellingtonians, to celebrate 40 years of enriching Wellington through Public Art.