Sara Hughes ‘Glass Canopy’ re-installed at the New Zealand International Convention Centre

The largest ever public art installation in New Zealand has been reinstalled following damage to the facade of the building during the 2019 Auckland fires.

Sara Hughes designed a “glass forest” to enwrap the facade of the NZICC, Auckland for an installation that strives to reflect the unique New Zealand ecosystem, bringing the experience of the sublime natural environment to the urban landscape. The work clads the top level of the iconic building, consisting of 2,400 sq. meters of glass and comprising of over 550 panels in 60 different colour tones.

On the inspiration behind the installation, Hughes explained that the visual effect rendered by the work “reflects the experience of walking through the New Zealand bush and looking up through a canopy of trees to see the unique light and colour of the forest.”