Winter illuminating scenes at VISUAL

Winter illuminating scenes at VISUAL have been inspired by the Main Gallery exhibition: The Soil Becomes Scandinavian and the beautiful light box building has been decorated with winter wonderland scenes.

The Soil Became Scandinavian is a film/sculptural installation by Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward. It traces the steps of Irish forester Dermot Mangan who was sent to rural Finland in 1946 to find trees in sufficient size and number to be used as Rural-Electricity-Scheme poles in Ireland. The Rural Electrification Scheme impacted the social, economic, and industrial development of the country, and transformed both urban and rural life beyond recognition. Alongside the film, discarded ESB poles rest as objects in the space, the smell is of creosote.

The VISUAL building has transformed into a shadow theatre by bringing some light to the dark winter months.

Illuminating winter forest scenes of reindeer, trees, and the magic of the Northern lights.

This Christmas, visit VISUAL Carlow at night to see it transformed into a beautiful shadowbox.

  • Monday – Thursday, gates open to 9 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, gates open until 11.30 pm
  • Sunday, gates open until 8 pm


Below are photos taken before sunset.

Below are photos taken by night.


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