Second part of Mirror Pavilion to premiere in Connemara next weekend

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Mirror Pavillion by John Gerrard. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure

The much-anticipated second part of John Gerrard’s Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh) 2020 will premiere in Derrigimlagh Bog, Connemara on 28 August.

The Pavilion, which is a Galway International Arts Festival commission for Galway 2020, has three sides and the roof clad in a highly reflective mirror, while the fourth wall is a high–resolution LED wall.

The first instalment premiered during Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 with Corn Work at the Claddagh Quay in Galway and was experienced by over 120,000 people.

Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work will unfold on the LED screen presented in the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog throughout this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard is a response to the escalating climate crisis and fearlessly pushes the boundaries of digital art using simulation.

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; they hover in what the artist describes as the ‘slippery space’ between the real and the unreal.

Gerrard’s astonishingly real virtual worlds are meticulously constructed by digital means by the artist, a team of modellers, and programmers. This world unveiling will be a dazzling moment on the Irish landscape.

The rugged and wild landscape of Derrigimlagh Bog is located approximately five miles from Clifden on the R341 Roundstone/Ballconneely Road, over three bridges.

Mirror Pavilion is accessed by foot on a hard surface, looped walkway through the bog taking 25 minutes from the car park.