Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

Olivier Cornet Gallery exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words but you know – sometimes a photograph just won’t elucidate or explain the scene in front of you.

I tried. I took a whole lot of photos but no – I don’t think I managed. Probably the closest was the one above of gallerist Olivier Cornet looking slightly perplexed.

“What did I let myself in for?”, he wonders as he strokes his rugged chin.

There are sixty-four 11ft long “works on paper” hanging from the ceiling of his gallery. “It’s a sort of a forest experience”, I explain, “I wanted to emphasise the importance of trees to our planet.

art installation by Eoin Mac Lochlainn at the Olivier Cornet Gallery
another photo of the installation (work in progress)

One reason for the difficulty of photographing is the sheer size of the installation.  It almost overwhelms the gallery space. Another is the fact that it sways gently with the slightest movement of air. There’s also a sound track which the camera cannot convey.

Now, I’m going to try something that I rarely do. I’m going to show you a 30 second video. It might give you a better idea of what the installation actually “feels” like but seriously though – I’d love you to visit the gallery in person and experience the work for yourself.

There’s also a series of watercolour paintings on the forest theme.

(If you can’t see the video immediately below this, please click into the actual blog)

Deireadh Fómhair


  1. Well done Eoin, that’s a lot of work. It looks intriguing and magical. Olivier’s photo says it all. All the very best for the opening.


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