ONE DAY SCULPTURE was New Zealand's first nationwide commissioning series of temporary, place-based public artworks. The series involved New Zealand-based and international artists including Thomas Hirschhorn, Superflex, Paula Pivi, Rirkrit Tirivanija and Michael Parekowhai - each of whom were invited to produce a new work that occurred during a discrete 24-hour period over the course of one year.

Led by David Cross and research fellow Claire Doherty - UK-based curator, writer and director of situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol - ONE DAY SCULPTURE was produced in partnership with arts institutions and curators across New Zealand and realised in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin from June 2008 to June 2009.

Concerned with issues of installation and temporality, permanence, monumentality and the public realm, ONE DAY SCULPTURE set out to examine how contemporary artists conceive of sculpture as a means to critically navigate and activate the public sphere. Presenting a range of national and international perspectives, the series was characterised by a diversity of artistic approaches from publicly-sited installations of 24-hour duration to nomadic interventions across the city at moments during one day. By June 2009, 20 very different artistic responses to the one-day sculpture parameter emerged, forming a unique picture of temporary place-based sculptural practice.

The commissioned series was accompanied by an international symposium in Wellington in March 2009 and a retrospective book publication co-edited by David Cross and Claire Doherty.