Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present

Mirror Pavilion

Irish artist John Gerrard creates two extraordinary artworks, located in Galway City and Connemara, on major LED walls set within a stunning Mirror Pavilion.
DATE Straw Work April–July Leaf Work August - October
LOCATION Claddagh Quay, Galway City Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Galway County

John Gerrard’s Straw Work and Leaf Work will be located at the Claddagh Quay in Galway City and on the spectacular 4,000-year-old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara respectively.

Gerrard’s works are simulations, virtual worlds deceptively looking like film or video. In both works, a number of leaf and straw covered mythical characters, whose movements respond to ecologies in hyper stress, are generated by an artificial intelligence to create a never-ending, constantly evolving performance.

The large scale and beautiful mirrored structure will reflect the environment around it. In addition, the Pavilion will reflect the individual viewer whose interaction with the work takes on an energy and life all of its own. Crucially, Mirror Pavilion will be powered by local sustainable energy sources.

John Gerrard is best known for his large scale and site-specific works which have been installed in urban spaces such as the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and alongside isolated locations including Palm Desert, California and a Norwegian forest.

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