Arts committee members at Auckland City Council are to vote on Wednesday on a recommendation to withdraw support for a $5 million sculpture that's been 10 years in the planning.
The 'Twister' has been described as a feat of creativity and was designed to tower 20 metres above a wharf extension at Halsey Street.
Council officers now say the neon-light sculpture has questionable design and construction quality.
Committee members will consider a recommendation to retract an earlier offer to pay for resource consent.
Public art manager Pontus Kyander says the area it was planned for a decade ago, is no longer suitable.
He says the work is designed to be seen from a distance and would have been crude up close.