Galway 2020 and Irish Architecture Foundation present

Reimagine Loughrea

A Small Towns Big Ideas project
DATE 18 September to 10 October 2020
LOCATION The Walks, Loughrea, Co Galway
CREDITS BothAnd Architecture Collective

 “The Walks” in the historic heart of Loughrea and the location of a unique site-specific installation – Through Thinning Landscapes

Opening on Culture Night and running until 10 October, “The Walks” in the historic heart of Loughrea will be 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.

You are encouraged to visit the installation while it is in place and the project will also host two special events on 18th and 26th September aimed at facilitating dialogue and raising-awareness around these critical issues.


Project Events

18 September: A Dialogue: BothAnd Group and Pádraic Fogarty, moderated by Frank Monahan. For further information & booking HERE

Saturday 26 September The Walks, Loughrea, 14.00

Éanna Ní Lamhna: Practical Methods for Helping Pollinators.

Renowned botanist and broadcaster Éanna Ní Lamhna will deliver a talk to the local community on the subject of biodiversity, planting, and practical methods of improving conditions for pollinators.

Event booking details to follow.


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.





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