The Holy Spirit


Robert Nettleton Field



  • Bas-relief
  • Wall Mounted Sculpture


  • Polystyrene
  • Wax


  • W2590 x H4687

Robert Nettleton Field, ‘The Holy Spirit’ (1970), Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2020


“The sculpture named The Holy Spirit is affixed to the side of the Chancel, above the Patteson Entrance. It was designed by sculptor Robert Nettleton Field who in his retirement was almost entirely engaged in the work, which was made especially to ‘speak to the passerby’. The sculptor used polystyrene and then wax to create it. The material used is the same as that used on Liverpool Cathedral roof and is expected to last 1000 years. Two full years went into the making of the sculpture and it was attached to the brick by experts from Fletcher Construction. The thoughts in the sculptor’s mind were: ‘I and the Father are one. He ascended into Heaven and sitteth on the right hand of the Father.’”

– text courtesy Holy Trinity Cathedral