Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.
The Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. Mirror Pavilion premiered during Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 with Corn Work at the Claddagh Quay in Galway. This year, Mirror Pavilion will host a new artwork, Leaf Work, which will unfold on the LED screen presented in the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara throughout Galway International Arts Festival 2021.
Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard is a response to the escalating climate crisis and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation. Gerrard has taken digital technology, usually employed by the commercial gaming industry, to create virtual worlds that simulate extremely detailed and authentic landscapes. The characters and landscapes we see on the LED screen may look like video or film but they are not; they hover in what the artist describes as the ‘slippery space’ between the real and the unreal. These two astonishingly real virtual worlds are meticulously constructed by digital means by the artist, a team of modellers, and programmers. This world unveiling will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape.
Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work | Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, 28 August – 18 September 2021