Think you know Auckland? It’s time to think again. While we’re all familiar with the volcanoes that shape our landscape, hidden beneath the ground are caves spanning hundreds of metres and dating back thousands of years.
And now, an exhibition by artist Chirag Jindal and speleologist (that’s someone who studies caves FYI) Peter Crossley brings together art and science to explore these mysterious caves returns to Auckland. Crossley spent a few years mapping out ancient lava caves that lurk beneath Auckland...with more than 200 entrances, you can find them in private backyards, under roadside manholes and even behind garages.
Into the Underworld, which runs for three weeks this month at Silo Park, the caves will be showcased in immersive panoramic lightboxes and moving images to reveal the sublime and uncanny narrative of Auckland’s volcanic underground.
In the background, music by sound artist Peter Hobbs will play. There will also be screenings of Meet Peter, a doco about Crossley’s exploration of these epic caves.
Head along from this Sunday to explore the mysterious caverns that lie hidden beneath our city.
What: Into the Underworld
When: Opening night Saturday 8th November, then midday to 9pm daily from 9th September - 1st October
Cost: The exhibition is run by volunteers and payment is what you want. Price point $5 - $20
More info: Visit the Into the Underworld website