The contemporary sculpture, UPANE, has been crafted by New Zealand artist Steuart Welch and is constructed in COR-TEN® steel. It was erected in May 2015 and is on loan to the Taupo Sculpture Trust.

This bold and interactive sculpture is situated on the Taupo lakefront and provides the perfect vantage point for photos!


Steuart is a farmer and part-time sculptor. He has previously been a furniture maker and his artistic career began with making farm gates using found objects.

Over the years he has progressed to making finely engineered sculptures and he has exhibited widely in the central North Island over the last decade.