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Into the Underworld Exhibition 2018


Thu 27 Sep 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 28 Sep 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 29 Sep 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Sun 30 Sep 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Mon 1 Oct 2018, 12:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • PWYW $5: $5.00
  • PWYW $10: $10.00
  • PWYW $15: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Into_The_Underworld

Discover Auckland's hidden underground world in this upcoming exhibition of 3D scans and moving images of the city's ancient suburban lava caves.

Into the Underworld / Ngā Mahi Rarowhenua is a digital art exhibition by 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 in an exhibition of immersive panoramic lightboxes 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.

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

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

Into The Underworld is an independent exhibition created and run by the artist and a team of volunteers, and made possible through partial funding by local governments and in-kind sponsors. Admission Fee is $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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