Public art

Learning Quarter Micro Sites

Discover the unexpected with the Micro Sites public art trail.

Micro Sites is a series of 12 small, temporary public art projects by 13 artists that are intriguing, subtle and surprising discoveries for people living, working and walking through Auckland’s Learning Quarter.

The Learning Quarter encompasses Albert Park, The University of Auckland, AUT University and surrounding streets and neighbourhoods.

The Micro Sites project was conceived as an opportunity for artists to create small-scale interventions that run against the grain or interfere with everyday perceptions and experiences of a place or neighbourhood.

Micro Sites is a public art initiative of Auckland City Council developed in partnership with The University of Auckland and AUT University.

Thomas Finn Stewart - Signposts (blank)Xu Li - Lost, FoundThomas Finn Stewart - Signposts (blank)Anthony Phillip Cribb - The view upon ascending/descending a concrete stairstickup - Taarati TaiaroaThomas Finn Stewart - Signposts (blank)Thomas Finn Stewart - Signposts (blank)Ryan Monro - Fairy Bright EyesAsumi Mizuo - Signs for Mechanics BayAsumi Mizuo - Signs for Mechanics BayAsumi Mizuo - Signs for Mechanics BayTrenton Garratt - -.- (dash-dot-dash)Tessa Laird and Tiffany Singh - WihaanAmber Claire Pearson - Ok SushiA.D. Schierning - UntitledRachel Shearer - Imperceptible DegreesAgnes So - Super-SwingThomas Finn Stewart - Signposts (blank)Map of the Learning Quarter. Learning Quarter Micro Sites location map and profile descriptions (PDF 2.8mb)

1 Signposts (blank)

Thomas Stewart - Signposts

Site: 1, 3, 6, 7 and 18
Artist: Thomas Finn Stewart
Location: Governor Fitzroy Place, St Paul Street, Symonds Street, Alfred Street, and Wellesley Street East
Materials: Wood, paint

Five white signposts invite interpretation. Signposts (blank) aim to emulate a common public object.

2 Lost, Found

Xu Li - Lost, Found.

Site: 2
Artist: Xu Li
Location: Ledges along AUT D Building on St Paul Street
Materials: Super Sculpey, wires, foil, paper, acrylic and resin

Discover a secret world of small-scale naïve sculptures and figurines painted in simple colours. They are arranged to be interactive with each other and with their location.

3 The view upon ascending/descending a concrete stair

Anthony Phillip Cribb - The view upon ascending/descending a concrete stair. Site: 4
Artist: Anthony Phillip Cribb
Location: Walkway next to AUT WM Building, connecting St Paul Street and Mount Street
Materials: Steel, MDF and found materials.

A wall-mounted steel sarcophagus that contains a number of miniature landscapes that can be seen through small viewing portals.

4 stickup

Taarati Taiaroa - Stickup. Site: 5
Artist: Taarati Taiaroa
Location: Walkway connecting St Paul Street and Mount Street
Materials: Existing steel poles, electroplated copper, steel sleeve, "heritage green" paint.

Three existing tree props refurnished with a polished copper-plated surface exposed to the elements which will naturally oxidise over time.

5 Fairy Bright Eyes

Site: 8
Ryan Monro - Fairy Bright Eyes. Artist: Ryan Monro
Location: Hanging off the University of Auckland gymnasium near 24 Symonds Street.
Materials: Brass, crystals, metal fixtures, chain, stainless steel wire

A chandelier hangs over an alleyway. At first it symbolises luxury and hope but as it degrades over time it becomes a symbol of dystopia.

6 Signs for Mechanics Bay: NO SWIMMING, LOOKOUT, and BEACH ACCESS

Asumi Mizuo - Signs for Mechanics Bay: NO SWIMMING, LOOKOUT, and BEACH ACCESSSite: 9, 10 and 11
Artist: Asumi Mizuo
Location: Alten Road Reserve and Anzac Avenue
Materials: Street signs

Signboards installed on existing lampposts show the way to the now-reclaimed historic coastline of Mechanics Bay.

7 -.- (dash-dot-dash)

Trenton Garratt -.- (dash-dot-dash).

Site: 12
Artist: Trenton Garratt
Location: Kitchener Street, opposite Bacon’s Lane
Materials: Keyhole, LED light

A flashing keyhole in a white door. "Dash-dot-dash" is Morse Code for "k"; an abbreviation for OK. The keyhole presents literal and symbolic evocations of security, secrecy, privacy, mistrust, mystery and the acquisition of knowledge.

8 Wihaan

Tessa Laird and Tiffany Singh - Wihaan Site: 13
Artist: Tessa Laird and Tiffany Singh
Location: Alten Reserve, Constitution Hill
Materials: Mixed media

A small-scale temple honouring the past, uniting beliefs and initiating new rituals through action and participation.

Wihaan has been decommissioned as it had reached its expected lifespan and has been returned to the artists.

9 Ok Sushi

Amber Claire Pearson - Ok Sushi Site: 14
Artist: Amber Claire Pearson
Location: The lamp posts on the Albert Park footpath that runs between Princes Street and Kitchener Street, behind the Queen Victoria statue.
Materials: Aluminium, electric light

Seven silhouettes, attached to the lamp posts, cast sempaphore shadows at night onto the lawn below.

10 Untitled

A.D. Schierning - Untitled.

Site: 15
Artist: A.D. Schierning
Location: Princes Street - outside University of Auckland library
Materials: Bronze

A bronze plaque embedded in the footpath conveys the properties and uses of the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree, assisting the retention and distribution of knowledge.

11 Imperceptible Degrees

Rachel Shearer - Imperceptible Degrees. Site: 16
Artist: Rachel Shearer
Location: Queensland Kauri tree, Albert Park (near the band rotunda)
Materials: Sound system and solar panel


A sound system transmits reverberations symbolising information being transmitted through the roots of the tree to the ether that we breathe. The sounds range from an elemental haka to old air in tunnels made to protect for a threat that never arrived to stories recounted by insurgent birdsong and breathed through the shimmering of the leaves.

12 Super-Swing

Agnes So - Super-swing. Site: 17
Artist: Agnes So
Location: Hung below the Wellesley Street East pedestrian bridge, above the footpath that runs alongside Albert Park
Materials: Steel

Super-Swing, a suspended trapeze, highlights the tensions between object, performance and failure. The trapeze, in this situation, is an object out-of-action, situated away from its theatrical context and placed instead in an absurd environment.

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