Join us at The Walks on Saturday 26 September at 2pm where architects from BothAnd Group will discuss their inspiration and vision for this thought-provoking installation and what they hope it can achieve. They will also be joined by renowned biologist Éanna Ní Lamhna to discuss the ever present biodiversity crisis and how local communities can help address it. Advance booking is essential.
From 18 September to 10 October, ‘The Walks’ in Loughrea, Galway, will be the location of a unique site-specific installation, ‘Through Thinning Landscapes’. This project aims to create an awareness-shifting experience for the individual: to provide a mandate for empathy with all stakeholders with whom we share our environment. Through experience the installation wishes to draw attention to the loss of the richness of life in the Irish landscape, and to inspire people to take action to resolve the urgent biodiversity crisis.
In his book, ‘Whittled Away’, Pádraic Fogarty describes Irish wildlife as having ‘been squeezed into . . . thin ribbons of treelines and hedgerows’. Grass monocultures dominate the Irish landscape, and in this installation, they loom over a narrow corridor through which there is just enough space to move. The individual moves through these thinning corridors for Irish wildlife, confronted by their loss. At the far end of the installation is a mirror, positioning the individual as a responsible agent within the complex systems of an environmental crisis.
Reimagine is a place-making programme by the Irish Architecture Foundation that works with communities across Ireland to co-create and co-design solutions to challenges or problems they’ve identified in their locality. Reimagine is funded by Creative Ireland.
BothAnd Group is a research and spatial design practice that aims to understand the behaviour of living systems; to design a more equal environment for all forms of life.
Commissioned by Galway County Council Architectural Conservation Office supported by Galway County Council Creative Ireland Programme / Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas, with additional grant-aid support from the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Reimagine programme.