Galway 2020 Artist-in-Residence

Topographies of Light – Tobias Hutzler

Commissioned by Galway 2020
DATE Cancelled
LOCATION Galway County
Image courtesy of Tobias Hutzler

German photographer Tobias Hutzler will be Galway 2020’s artist-in-residence, capturing the drama of Galway’s landscape throughout the year.


Tobias Hutzler is a visual artist, director and photographer, renowned for capturing the zeitgeist of global culture in striking new ways. He possesses a unique point-of-view, a technically sophisticated, innovative use of light, and a highly creative approach. Hutzler will transform County Galway through light, creating an installation for each of the four seasons.

Hutzler’s work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York; The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles; and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Light Field


Inspired by the furrowed fields that hug the coastline of Galway, Artist-in-Residence Tobias Hutzler uses the language of light to create a contemplative site-specific installation in Connemara.

Hutzler draws our attention to an ancient system of agriculture, a way of life that often goes unnoticed, known as cultivation ridges or lazy beds.

As daylight fades in the season of Imbolc, marking the end of winter and the impending light half of the year, Light Field becomes more and more visible, revealing a vast nocturnal installation using tens of thousands of lights arranged according to the striking patterns and markings of the lazy beds. These field monuments, remnants of an abandoned system of potato cultivation that once supported generations of Irish people, remain as a reminder of human resilience and the struggle for survival.

In making Light Field, Hutzler will explore various sustainable sources of energy. The results will be documented and displayed in a public exhibition. Visitors will gain insight into Hutzler’s artistic process and will be invited to experiment with building their own light source from a potato, adding to an ever-evolving light sculpture made by the public.

All material will be recycled, in line with the artist’s goal of complete sustainability.

Following guidance issued by the Government in relation to measures to contain Covid-19 it is with regret that Galway 2020 has made the decision to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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