Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard
Galway International Arts Festival 2020
Drone footage and edit by Máirtín Óg at Lally Tours of Galway. We shot this footage and made this edit to do our part in promoting the Galway International Arts Festival as well as to promote the City of Galway as an exclectic arts destination. We also wanted to play our part in continuing to tell the positive stories of Galway’s perseverance through the year of 2020.
Thank you to the fine crew, staff, artists and volunteers at the 2020 GIAF.
Art Installation description below is taken from GIAF.ie:
Mirror Pavilion by John Gerrard was commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. The 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 presented in two locations; Corn Work at the historic Claddagh Quay in Galway City and Leaf Work at the spectacular 4,000–year–old Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara. The works reflect and respond to the landscape of both locations. 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. These two 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. #MakeABreakForIt #MakeABreakForGalway
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