DEFINING HORIZONS has been capturing the attention of residents and visitors since it was installed on the Taupo lakefront.

Made from a combination of stainless, COR-TEN® and mild steels, this captivating sculpture symbolises journeys of discovery in New Zealand.

The artist, Graham Bennett, said he wants viewers to make their own interpretations of the sculpture, but for him it has many overlapping ideas.

“I was thinking of Polynesian migration, Cook’s voyage of discovery, and families’ ancestral journeys, but it could be interpreted as any form of way-finding,” he said.

The upper components of the work, which point in different directions, symbolise the longitudinal divisions of the globe which divide the Pacific Ocean, and the latitudinal divisions inspired the ribs which give it a nautical feel.

Donated by the late Graeme Watson, ex-deputy chair of the Taupo Sculpture Trust and jointly commissioned by the Taupo Sculpture Trust and Taupo District Council.


Born in Nelson, New Zealand, Graham graduated from University of Canterbury School of Fine Art in 1970 and has had a prolific and illustrious career since.

Featured on the cover of World Sculpture News in 2014, Bennett has a strong international following and his sculptures are held in collections around the world.