An Auckland artist has won the $50,000 Walters Prize with a work that takes gallery visitors on a mystery taxi ride.
Luke Willis Thompson was awarded the prize last night at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
The award was named after the late artist Gordon Walters and also includes an all-expenses paid trip to New York and the opportunity to exhibit there.
Thompson said the winning work is his first piece of public art.
"It involves a taxi cab that completes a kind of circle on a choreographed route.
"You begin at the gallery, and the cab drives across town, and it takes you to a house, and you're eventually brough back the the gallery."