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John Madden - Pike Men, 29 Souls Underground

John Madden - Pike Men, 29 Souls Underground

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  • Tue 1 Mar ’16, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Orexart, Level 1, 15 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn


All Ages

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  • Free Admission



One sunny November afternoon in 2010, a devastating explosion shook Pike River’s deep underground mine northeast of Greymouth, in the West Coast region of the South Island. Over an hour and a half later, two men emerged from the mine’s entrance. Twenty-nine were still unaccounted for. For five days the men’s families and friends held out for positive news until a second massive explosion obliterated all hope.

“This body of work speaks both politically and as a reflection of my passion for coal mining – coal is in my blood. I am of the underground and I have undertaken this body of work in an effort to speak the unspoken. I question who is responsible [for the Pike River disaster]. The works I have produced are for the lost men of Pike River mine and for their families; it is a requiem mass in paint.” – John Madden, February 2016.

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