The Irish Architecture Foundation is working with ‘The Walks’ project and local groups in Loughrea, Co Galway to create a temporary architectural intervention in the historic heart of the town.
Opening on Culture Night and running until 10 October, “The Walks” in the historic heart of Loughrea is the location of a unique site-specific installation, Through Thinning Landscapes.
Through Thinning Landscapes 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 urgent biospherical issues.
In Whittled Away, Pádraic Fogarty describes Irish wildlife as having ‘been squeezed into . . . thin ribbons of treelines and hedgerows’. In this installation, Through Thinning Landscapes, grass monocultures dominate and 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.
The public are encouraged to visit the installation while it is in place and the project will also host two special events on 18 and 26 September aimed at facilitating dialogue and raising-awareness around these critical issues.
18 September: A Dialogue: BothAnd Group and Pádraic Fogarty, moderated by Frank Monahan.- for further information & booking HERE
26 September: Talk with Éanna Ní Lamhna: Practical Methods for Helping Pollinators – for further information & booking HERE
4 October: Reimagine Loughrea – Architecture at the Edge. As part of the annual Architecture at the Edge festival, BothAnd Group will be at the Through Thinning Landscapes installation at The Walks to discuss ideas relating to architectural agency and embedding ecology into the design process
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.
This project was commissioned by the 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.