Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present

John Gerrard 'Mirror Pavilion'

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 first in Galway city and then in Connemara as part of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

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. This performance is set on major LED walls within a stunning Mirror Pavilion.

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’s Corn 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.

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.

Mirror Pavilion will be free and open to the public. More information can be found here. Further details about the project (including exact dates) will be made available in the coming months.

Watch John Gerrard First Thought Talk

Click here to watch John Gerrard in conversation with GIAF's Artistic Director, Paul Fahy, to discuss Mirror Pavilion, and his work. This First Thought Talk took place at the Irish Embassy in London in April 2019.