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What lies beneath

Lopdell House, West Auckland Regional Gallery
Auckland, New Zealand, 2013

What Lies Beneath explores the ecology of the life forms that dwell beneath the ocean floor.
The journey of our iconic black sands which carry a story of a journey form conception through the force of the sacred volcanic cone of Mt. Taranaki, which over the millennia eroded down the rivers to the ocean.
The iron rich sands have traveled over thousands of years up the west coast via deep slow oceanic currents.
Throughout the oceanic floor live the benthic community of life: organisms that make up an integral part of the ocean’s food web.
This work is mapping the potential impact upon this fragile Eco-system that the deep sea mining & drilling of our iconic black sands would have upon the ecosystem beneath and considering our responsibilities as custodians of home, land, and sea.