Taking duration and place as its starting point, ONE DAY SCULPTURE stretches the format of the scattered-site exhibition over time and space. Instead of presenting a cluster of artworks within the framework of a single exhibition, ONE DAY SCULPTURE offered the opportunity to engage with each newly commissioned work for one day only, one after the other, as a cumulative series across New Zealand over one year.


ONE DAY SCULPTURE is a New Zealand-wide series of 20 newly commissioned artworks by national and international artists — each of which occurred during a discrete 24-hour period over the course of one year. Led by the Litmus Research Initiative at Massey University Wellington and Claire Doherty — UK-based curator, writer and Director of Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol — ONE DAY SCULPTURE was produced in partnership with arts institutions and curators across New Zealand and was realised in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin from June 2008 to June 2009.


Concerned with issues of installation and temporality, permanence, monumentality and the public realm, ONE DAY SCULPTURE set out to examine how contemporary artists conceive of sculpture as a means to critically navigate and activate the public sphere. Presenting a range of national and international perspectives, the series is characterised by a diversity of artistic approaches from publicly-sited installations of 24-hour duration to nomadic interventions across the city at moments during one day. By June 2009, 20 very different artistic responses to the one-day sculpture parameter emerged, forming a unique picture of temporary place-based sculptural practice.


The commissioned series was accompanied by an international symposium in Wellington in March 2009 and a retrospective book publication co-edited by Claire Doherty and Dr. David Cross.

Full list of artists and commissioning partners.