Public Art

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Public Art plays an important role in the development of a city. It gives expression and energy to public places and can transform a place of functionality into one that inspires and challenges people. 

Engaging public art works can be found all around our city; sculptures, street art and memorials bring enhance our gardens and parks, city centre and residential areas.  

Public Art Catalogue

The Public Art Catalogue​ ​is a guide to sculpture, murals, carvings and installations in Hamilton. It is the product of collaboration between the Council and a number of key partners in the philanthropic, business and education sectors to bring the work of gifted local and national artists to the public’s attention. 

The catalogue features profiles on 38 permanent and temporary artworks in Hamilton. Each artwork is ​referenced by a number that can be located on the map at the end of the publication. ​

Hamilton's Public Art Collection ​

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Sculpture​: The Farming Family​
Artist:​ Margriet Windhausen (Van Den Berg|)​
Material:​ Cast in Bronze​
Date:​ Unveiled 1990 - Gift from Robert Jones Investments to City​
Location:​ Corner of Ulster and Victoria Street on Road Island​


Painting:​ Founders Theatre Mural​
Artist:​ Ralph Hotere​
Material:​ 10x3m car lacquer, multi-coloured on black, on 3 panels​
Date:​ Unveiled 25.08.1973 - sponsored by HCC and QEII Arts Council​
Location:​ Founders Theatre​
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Painting:​ Nga Uri O Hinetuparimaunga
Artist:​ Chris Booth and Diggeress Te Kanawa
Material:​ Hinuera Stone
Date:​ Commissioned 2005
Location:​ Hamilton Gardens Entrance

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Sculpture:​ Hamilton Gardens Mural
Artist:​ Derek Kerwood and Megan Godfrey
Material:​ Wooden - Camphor laurel
Location:​ Hamilton Gardens Pavilion
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Sculpture:​ "Life in the Waikato; Te Noho i te Rohe o Waikato"
Artist:​ Waikato Woodcarvers
Material:​ Wooden wall mural in 12 parts
Date:​ 1985
Location:​ HCC Admin building, behind/above reception counter

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Sculpture:​ Little Bull
Artist:​ Molly Macalister
Material:​ Cast in Bronze
Date:​ Installed April 1968 - Sponsored by QEII Arts Council and Hamilton Jaycees
Location:​ Hamilton Gardens
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Sculpture:​ Passing Red
Artist:​ Gaye Jurasich
Material:​ Metal - five red galvanised pipes
Date:​ Sponsored by the Perry Foundation
Location:​ Currently in storage - waiting for installation
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Carving:​ Pou Carving
Artist:​ Wiremu Puke
Material:​ Wood
Date:​ 25 June 2007
Location:​ Miropiko
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Carving:​ Pou Carving
Artist:​ Wiremu Puke
Material:​ Wood
Date:​ 26 February 2004
Location:​ Kirikirroa Park Reserve
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Sculpture:​ Riff Raff
Artist:​ Weta Workshop
Material:​ Bronze
Date:​ 2004
Location:​ Victoria Street
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Sculpture:​ Ripples
Artist:​ Neil Dawson
Material:​ Carbon fibre reinforced polyester resin; 6m diameter, 20m in air; represents the ripple effects of falling stone hitting water.
Date:​ Commissioned 1987 by McCaw, Lewis & Chapman - for opening Waikato Museum
Location:​ Suspended from trees on river bank below Museum
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Carving: Tekoteko and Maihi Carvings
Artist:​ Hopuhopu - c/o Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust
Material:​ Wood Maori Carvings
Date:​ Installed  in 1987 when the new museum building opened
Location:​ Waikato Museum Roof River Bank

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Carving:​ Whatanoa Gate
Artist:​ Wiremu Puke
Material:​ Wood
Date:​ 3 February 2004
Location:​ Waikato Stadium
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Glass Panel:​ No Title
Artist:​ Holly Sanford
Material:​ Blue, red and white stained glass window
Date:​ Commissioned at time of building
Location:​ Part of building, south wall of stairwell in Municipal building
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Mosaic:​ No Title
Artist:​ Joan Fear and Campbell Smith
Material:​ Mosaic wall panel of handmade terracotta tiles, 2 rows of 6 in relief (etched and/or sculpted)
Date:​ Made for the opening of the refurbished Post office as ArtsPost in June 1998
Location:​ ArtsPost foyer
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Tiles:​ No Title
Artist:​ Lynda Harris
Material:​ Glazed Ceramic tiles on faces of entrance pillars
Date:​ 20 March 1993 - Created for the opening of the Library building
Location:​ Central Library entrance pillars
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Sculpture:​ Te Ohomauri o Matariki: The awakening life force of Matariki
Artist:​ Dion Hitchen
Material:​ Cedar and steel: Seven 8-10 metre tall waka placed in the formation of the Kingitanga symbol of the Matatiki star constellation
Date:​ 24 February 2011
Location:​ Borman Road, Resolution Drive roundabout, Rototuna
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Sculpture:​ Te Tiaho O Matariki
Artist:​ Neil Miller
Material:​ Steel
Date:​ November 2011
Location:​ Garden Place, Hamilton
Page reviewed: 22 Aug 2018 11:13am