In 2020 Galway is European Capital of Culture. As part of the year-long programme and the GIAF 2020 visual arts programme, Galway International Arts Festival has commissioned Irish artist John Gerrard to create two extraordinary artworks responding to the escalating climate crisis. 'Mirror Pavilion' will be installed in Galway from April to July and in Connemara from September to October.
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 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.
April – July
Claddagh Quay, Galway City
September – October
Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Galway County