Construction begins on GIAF's Mirror Pavilion

Centrepiece exhibit of GIAF 2020 autumn programme is being erected in the Claddagh

How the Mirror Pavilion should look when constructed and located in Connemara in October. It will go on display in the city in September.

How the Mirror Pavilion should look when constructed and located in Connemara in October. It will go on display in the city in September.

MIRROR PAVILION, the 7-metre cubed mirrored structure, with an LED wall, created by the Irish artist John Gerrard, is being erected this week in the Claddagh.

The pavilion is the centrepiece of the upcoming Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition, and will go on display in September. Inspired by the climate crisis, the 7M x 7M x 7M structure has three sides clad in a highly reflective mirror, while the remaining wall is a high resolution LED screen.

The pavilion will be powered by sustainable energy sources, and this week, GIAF announced that Flogas will power the artwork and also assist the festival in becoming carbon neutral. The announcement marks the beginning of the three-year partnership between the Drogheda based energy provider and GIAF.

The Flogas partnership is one of only a handful of corporate sponsorships announced in Ireland this year. Research by sponsorship consultants ONSIDE showed a 46 per cent drop in the number of new reported sponsorship deals in Ireland in the first half of 2020 versus the same period last year.

'The GIAF not only supports the local community but showcases the breadth and depth of Irish artistic talent to a global audience'

Ken O’Byrne, commercial director, Flogas Energy said: “In these challenging times, we’re delighted to partner with such an iconic event that is the Galway International Arts Festival, that not only supports the local community but showcases the breadth and depth of Irish artistic talent to a global audience. The festival’s commitment to sustainability reflects our own and we will be working with the chief executive officer John Crumlish and his team in transforming it into a carbon neutral event over the coming years.”

 

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