Mirror Pavilion to feature at prestigious arts festival in Australia

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John Gerrard's Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh) 2020 pictured in situ on Derrigimlagh Bog as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2021. Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Photo Ros Kavanagh

Galway International Arts Festival has announced that Mirror Pavilion will feature as part of the prestigious Biennale of Sydney for the next three months.

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work was GIAF’s commission for Galway 2020 and it premiered at Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara as part of last year’s festival.

The Pavilion, by leading Irish artist John Gerrard, will be installed at Barangaroo Reserve, one of Sydney’s oldest industrial sites which was recently transformed into a park with stunning views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The first part of this mesmerizing work, Mirror Pavilion, Corn Work, was experienced by over 120,000 people in 2020 at the Claddagh in Galway City, and Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work captivated festival goers in Autumn 2021 on the bog at Derrigimlagh.

Now it will be presented for the first time in Australia, as part of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

The Pavilion is a striking large-scale structure (7m x 7m), with three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror and the fourth wall a high–resolution LED wall. The artwork is powered by sustainable energy sources.

The 2022 Biennale of Sydney will include over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events, and will be open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

As well as Mirror Pavilion Leaf Work, audiences will experience other large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works.

The list of participants extends beyond the realm of the visual arts and includes bodies of water and their custodians around the world, including Australia, Bangladesh and Ecuador.