Savage Beauty transformed Ireland’s Connemara mountains transformed with colour and light as part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture celebrations
In 2019, Artichoke was appointed as Creative Director for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, with a remit to expand and internationalise the programme as well as fundraise and provide communications support.
Savage Beauty by Finnish light artist Kari Kola was one such international commission Artichoke brought to the Galway programme. Known for his spectacular light works that have illuminated such unique places as the Villa de Lak, the sacred Sanna mountain in Finland and Stonehenge, Kari had also created the stunning work Frequencies which lit a stretch of the River Wear as part of Lumiere 2017 in Durham.
Described as “a savage beauty” by Oscar Wilde, Connemara is rural Ireland at its most dramatic. Kari Kola’s installation of 1,000 lights spread over a distance of 5 kilometres, transforming the mountains in a wash of vibrant pulsating colours.