Ode to the Pig

‘Ode to the Pig’ is a statue of a pig that jumps to freedom. With this work I want to express the beauty and the strength of animals. I hope people will recognise themselves in the animal instead of looking away in times of factory farming. The pig reflects the joy and the life’s energy that every being has. Together with my boyfriend Dirk-Jan Schrander I created it.

Last year ‘Ode to the Pig’ travelled through the Netherlands and was exposed in 11 cities; Amsterdam Westerpark, Nijmegen, The Hague, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Leiden, Amsterdam Museum Square and Delft.

The happy pig is continuing her European tour and was already exposed in Antwerp and Brussels. At the moment the pig is located in Kortrijk.

‘Ode to the Pig’ is also the start of the European Campaign ‘End the Cage Age’. This year 1,5 million European citizens signed the petition. October 8th the pig was exposed in front of the European Commission in Brussels to celebrate the 1,5 million votes to demand an end to caged farming in Europe.

In cooperation with Varkens in Nood (Pigs in Need), Compassion in World Farming Netherlands, World Animal Protection and Partij voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals) I could realize the project.