Seven Steps to Heaven


Mary-Louise Browne



  • Sculpture


  • Stone


  • W800 x D8600mm

Mary-Louise Browne, ‘Seven Steps to Heaven’ (1999), Te Ngākau Civic Square, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smit, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


Mary-Louise Browne's art practice has explored the transformation of words and meaning within sculptural form. In this work Browne has adopted the title of 'Seven Steps to Heaven', a 1963 jazz composition by Victor Feldman and Miles Davis, to suggest something about our relationship to the sea and the sky. What we see and how we sat, how perhaps what we felt and what we said about our experience of landscape.

This work was recognised with a Creative Places Award 1999 for Local Authority Arts Innovation. Wellington City Council for Summer City 1998. Presented by Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.