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Into the Underworld

  • Silo Park Corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Street Auckland New Zealand (map)

Inside Silo 6, Silo Park

Beneath the banality of Auckland’s sprawling suburbia, there lies an ancient subterranean world.

Into the Underworld / Ngā Mahi Rarowhenua is an exhibition by artist Chirag Jindal in collaboration with speleologist Peter Crossley and composer Peter Hobbs, and follows 3 years of 3D mapping ancient Lava Caves under the streets of Mount Albert, Three Kings, Mount Eden, Mangere and One Tree Hill. 

The caves were formed out of local volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago, but without any legal framework during the 20th century, many of the discovered sites have been lost, destroyed, or become a hidden layer beneath the built environment. More than 200 cave entrances have been documented across the isthmus, often behind streetfront garages, private backyards or under roadside manholes, with new sites still being uncovered today.

For 3 weeks in September, the caves will be presented for a second showing in an exhibition of immersive panoramic scans and moving images, revealing the sublime and uncanny narrative of the city’s volcanic underground.

A newly-recorded ambient score composed by award-winning sound artist and musician Peter Hobbs will accompany the work. The piece was recorded deep in a lava cave beneath the Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta (Three Kings) with musicians Maxine Cunliffe on Cello and Charmian Keay on Violin.

The exhibition will also feature screenings of "Meet Peter," a 2017 documentary by filmmaker Gemma Duncan on Peter and his life documenting over 200 caves across the city. Through artful cinematography, the film accounts the derelict state of these forgotten sites, but frames them within the beauty of their fossilised lava flows.

Join us to celebrate the opening preview with drinks and nibbles on Saturday the 8th of September. RSVP is essential. Follow the link -

The exhibition will be open from Midday to 9pm daily from Sunday 9th September - Monday 1st October @ Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter. 

Into The Underworld is an independent exhibition created and run by the artist and a team of volunteers, and partially funded by local governments and in-kind sponsors. The entry cost is limited to $PWYW ( i.e. Pay What You Want, $5-$20).

A final schedule of events occurring throughout the exhibition will be available here and on the website on or before the 8th of September.

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