The Connacht Hotel


Artist Kari Kola developed his love of working with light in his native Finland, where the autumns and winters are long and very dark. Kari Kola’s Savage Beauty will illuminate  the Connemara landscape on an epic scale. 

For Galway 2020, Kola and his team turn their attention to the extraordinary beauty of the Connemara mountains as he attempts to create the largest lit artwork ever made. Exploring the Galway 2020 theme of landscape, he brings the newest technology to bear on one of Ireland’s most famous locations. In a massive illumination, Kola will green the mountain range in a dazzling display of technical virtuosity that will coincide with Ireland’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

"Galway 2020 expects crowds of around 20,000 to flock to Joyce Country over St. Patrick’s Day weekend next year to see a light installation on the shores of Loch na Fooey (Lough Na Fuaiche)." 

How to get to Savage Beauty - Galway 2020

Viewing of the installation will be from the junction with the R300 on the Clonbur side, and the beach on the Maam side. The only way to access Savage Beauty by vehicle is by pre-booked event shuttle bus from the Park and Ride.

Park and Ride Locations:

Peacockes Hotel, Maam Cross; Clonbur; Leenaun and Toormakeady, Co Mayo. There is absolutely no access for private cars. The event shuttle journey to Savage Beauty from each Park and Ride location is approx 15-30 mins. Pre-booking is required.



DATE:  14 - 17 March

LOCATION: Connemara / Galway County

FURTHER DETAILS:  For more information and FAQ's visit

In previous works, Kari Kola illuminated the world famous stone circle, Stonehenge overnight and into the dawn of World Heritage Day in 2018. 

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