Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present

Mirror Pavilion

John Gerrard
DATE Straw Work - Septembr, Leaf Work – October
LOCATION Claddagh Quay, Galway City Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Galway County

Galway International Arts Festival has commissioned Irish artist John Gerrard to create two extraordinary artworks responding to the escalating climate crisis.

Gerrard’s works – Straw Work and Leaf Work – will be located outdoors in Galway City and Connemara on major LED walls set within a large stunning Mirror Pavilion which will reflect the environment around it. These works are simulations, virtual worlds deceptively looking like film or video within which performances featuring a number of leaf- and straw-covered mythical figures are generated by an artificial intelligence to create a never-ending, constantly evolving performance.

Straw Work will be installed at the Claddagh Quay in Galway City from April and will be in place up to and during Galway International Arts Festival in July. Leaf Work will be installed on the 4,000-year-old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara from September to October.

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 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as isolated locations including Palm Desert, California and a Norwegian forest.


Straw Work September, Claddagh Quay, Galway City

Leaf Work October, Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Galway County



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