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Diminish and Ascend - Staircase Sculpture

Diminish and Ascend is by Auckland-based David McCracken. The piece is a 13 metre receding perspective staircase made from aluminium, which has been installed in the Kiosk Lake of the Botanic Gardens.

McCracken's expertly crafted sculpture plays with perspectives, taking into account the visual effects associated with simulating distance. By constructing a modified replica of a staircase that decreases in size as it nears its highest and furthest point from eye-level, it gives off the illusion of an infinite stairway to heaven as the aluminum steps ascend into the clouds without an end in sight.

Kiosk Lake, Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Avenue, Central City

Last updated: 12.01.2020