Sky Signs

Typically illuminated by neon or LED lighting, signs on the top of buildings offer increased visibility, recognition and presence. Our innovative design offers an energy saving option for illuminated letters. We take care of the entire design, production and installation process.

"Sky signs" typically refer to large, highly visible signs that are mounted on top of buildings, often high rise, or other structures and are designed to be seen from a distance. Sky signs are often used for advertising or branding purposes and can be very effective at attracting attention and sending a powerful message in a busy environment to a business or location.

Sky signs may be made of various materials, including metal, plastic, or glass, and can be illuminated using various lighting techniques to make them stand out even more at night. They may also be designed with specific colours, fonts, and logos to create a distinctive and memorable branding message.

In some cases, local zoning laws or building codes may regulate the use of sky signs to ensure that they are safe, appropriate, and not overly intrusive in the surrounding environment. In these cases, there may need to be an additional early stage where council approval and planning permission are sought.

Sky signage - the process

Installing a sky sign can be a complex and challenging process, as it involves mounting a large, heavy object on top of a building or structure along with detailed intricate planning, technical skill and project management. At Wise Studios, we manage all of the signage installation processes which typically involve the following steps:

  1. Site survey: Before the sign can be installed, a site survey must be conducted to determine the best location and orientation for the sign, as well as any potential obstacles or challenges that may need to be addressed.
  2. Design and engineering: Once the site survey is complete, the sign design must be finalized and engineered to ensure that it will meet all applicable safety and building codes.
  3. Fabrication: The sign components, including the frame, letters, and lighting, must be fabricated according to the design specifications.
  4. Installation: The sign is then transported to the installation site and hoisted onto the building or structure using cranes or other heavy equipment. The sign is then secured in place and connected to the building's electrical system.

The installation of a sky sign can be a complex and time-consuming process that requires specialized equipment, expertise, and permits including lane closure and traffic management. It is important to work with experienced professionals, like Wise Sudios, who are familiar with local building codes and regulations to ensure that the sign is installed safely and legally.

Having a sky sign can offer several benefits for a business or organization, including:

  1. Increased visibility: Sky signs are typically large and highly visible, making them an effective way to attract attention and stand out from competitors. A well-designed and strategically located sky sign can help to increase brand awareness and drive foot traffic to a business.
  2. 24/7 advertising: Sky signs can be illuminated using LED lights, making them visible both during the day and at night. This allows businesses to continue to advertise and promote their brand even outside of regular business hours.
  3. Cost-effective advertising: Compared to other forms of advertising, such as television or print ads, sky signs can be a cost-effective way to reach a large audience. Once the sign is installed, the ongoing maintenance costs are relatively low with minimal upkeep, and the sign can continue to advertise the business for many years.
  4. Brand recognition: A well-designed sky sign can help to reinforce a business's branding and identity, making it more recognizable to customers and helping to build trust and familiarity.
  5. Competitive advantage: Depending on the local zoning laws and building codes, sky signs may be limited or restricted in certain areas. This means that businesses that are able to install a sky sign may have a competitive advantage over those that are not.

Overall, a well-designed and strategically located sky sign can help to increase brand visibility, attract customers, and promote a business's products or services.

Contact Wise Studios today to discuss your sky signage project. We'll ensure you're making the right choice given your locality and planning restrictions by creating signage that is sympatheitc to the existing building architecture whilst making an impact that keep your brand front of mind with your audience.

Kiwi Wealth

Central Wellington

Kiwi Wealth

The client has increased the visibility and presence of the company in the CBD area with attractive and prominent illuminated signs. We built a strong relationship with the client and the wider team...

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Companies we’ve worked with

Volks Wagon

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Škoda is a hive of technical development. A place where models are crafted and put into full-scale production.


Tracing its history back to 1924, MG is the iconic motoring brand, famous for building sporty, exciting and value-for-money cars which are always fun to drive.

Auckland Transport

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MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum and offers a fun and exciting learning experience for visitors of all ages.

Auckland Zoo

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MC is New Zealand's biggest litigation firm, by far. They represent New Zealand Government and private-sector clients.


Established in 1928, the Ebbett Group now represents 25 brands across 21 dealerships in New Zealand. Their mission is to “love delivering exceptional experiences every single day” and they strive...


Fonterra is one of the largest dairy manufacturers in the world , as well as New Zealand's largest exporter of dairy products.


With 850 hotels in over 70 countries, Ramada is one of the most recognized hotel brands in the world.


Australasia's leading apartment hotel brand

White + Wongs

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Silky Otter Cinemas

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Oyster Property Group

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Safari Group

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The Audi Group is among the world’s leading producers of premium cars.

La Quinta by Wyndham

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Americold offers the most comprehensive temperature-controlled storage and distribution network available.

Cookie Time

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Poolwerx is the largest pool retail and service business in Australia and New Zealand.


A design and experience centric company who create furniture solutions based on their intimate understanding of workplace behaviour and the organisation.


A leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and popular children's media.



Youthline is a "with youth, for youth" organisation that supports young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Habitat for Humanity

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New Zealand's premier skateboard, snowboard and streetwear store.

Dunlop Flooring

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My Food Bag

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Animates is a new breed of pet store with everything for your pets needs under one roof.


Founded in 1932, Butlers is Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making.

Callaghan Innovations

Callaghan are New Zealand's innovation agency. They activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

Crombie Lockwood

Crombie Lockwood brokers combine local and industry knowledge with insurance expertise, to keep their clients protected when things go wrong.

Kiwi Wealth

Kiwi Wealth offers investment services across New Zealand through their KiwiSaver Scheme, Managed Funds, and Private Portfolio Service.


Mevo is Australasia's first free-floating and the world's first climate positive car share company, born in Wellington.


MITO offers a range of on-job training programmes and learning experiences for those working full-time in the industries that they support.

Noel Leeming

Noel Leeming Group is New Zealand's leading appliance and electronics retail company.


New Zealand's leading media organisation

Te Papa

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun.


Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services.

The Warehouse (TWL)

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Warehouse Stationary

Warehouse Stationery has almost 20,000 products across multiple categories including Office Supplies, School Supplies, Fashion stationery, Technology and Furniture.


“The team at Wise Studios collaborated with our team to ensure that we had a consistent look with all of our new offices throughout New Zealand. Their project management and professionalism provided an excellent result.”

Irene Bates, EAP Services Ltd

“Wise Studios have great people and go the extra mile. They were instrumental in helping reintroduce the MG Brand to New Zealand.”

Anthony MacLean, MG Motor New Zealand

“The Wise Studios team have worked extremely hard with our dealer Tristram European to get their New Volkswagen Auckland Dealership looking amazing and updated with the Volkswagen new 2020 Brand Design.”

Rob Kieran, Volkswagen New Zealand.