Neil Dawson was born in Christchurch in 1948 and studied at Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, Christchurch and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Dawson’s practice has focused on the production of large-scale, and site-specific, sculptures in New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. He is best known for his suspended sculptures, which included Globe installed for the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Pompidou Centre, Paris in 1989. Other major commissions have included the Bomber Command war memorial sculpture in Canberra, Australia, and projects for Wellington’s Civic Square, Stadium Australia for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and Cathedral Square, Christchurch. In 2003 Dawson received a Laureate Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation.