What lies beneath

“This image is not a photograph,” says Jindal. “It is made of millions of points that together represent a real lava cave under a road in Three Kings. The work follows two years of advanced 3D scanning research to make this hidden landscape visible to the public.”Jindal and Crossley took a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanner into 10 caves, some of which are up to 40,000 years old, underneath Auckland. The device shoots a lasers 1000 times a second, and calculates how far they go. The laser spins around to create a cloud of points that measures the space. Into the Underworld, Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, December 9-24.

THE fiery plume of a question mark hangs over why anyone would build a city on a volcanic field. The upside, or underside, to Auckland city’s tenuous existence on that once bubbling plain is those volcanoes have contributed to an ancient subterranean world.

That world has remained largely unseen for centuries but an art-science collaboration between digital artist Chirag Jindal and speleologist Peter Crossley has resulted in the extraordinary exhibition, Into the Underworld.

Among the panoramic prints, moving images and 3D-printed models that feature in the exhibition are otherworldly images of lava tubes under the suburbs of Mount Albert, Mount Eden, Mangere and One Tree Hill, including this ghostly profile of Three Kings.

THE fiery plume of a question mark hangs over why anyone would build a city on a volcanic field. The upside, or underside, to Auckland city’s tenuous existence on that once bubbling plain is those volcanoes have contributed to an ancient subterranean world.

That world has remained largely unseen for centuries but an art-science collaboration between digital artist Chirag Jindal and speleologist Peter Crossley has resulted in the extraordinary exhibition, Into the Underworld.

Among the panoramic prints, moving images and 3D-printed models that feature in the exhibition are otherworldly images of lava tubes under the suburbs of Mount Albert, Mount Eden, Mangere and One Tree Hill, including this ghostly profile of Three Kings.

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