Galway International Arts Festival and Galway 2020 present John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival as part of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Mirror Pavilion is a beautiful and striking structure, with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. This structure will host two new artworks Corn Work and Leaf Work which will unfold on the LED screen. Mirror Pavilion will reflect and respond to the escalating climate crisis and the landscape at two locations, starting at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City until 26 Sept where Corn Work will be visible on the screen. John Gerrard has taken digital technology, usually employed by the commercial gaming industry, to create virtual worlds that simulate extremely detailed and authentic landscapes. The characters and landscapes we see on the LED screen may look like video or film but they are not. Mirror Pavilion will move to the spectacular 4,000–year old Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara, Co. Galway from 11 – 31 Oct 2020 where a new artwork, Leaf Work can be seen on the LED screen.

Photos by Colm Hogan, courtesy of GIAF