Ode to the Pig
Now on display in the Netherlands, Lelystad, until June 15.
‘Ode to the Pig’ is a sculpture of a pig that leaps into freedom. With this work I want to express the beauty and the vitality 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.
In October 2018 the pig’s journey began through the Netherlands: Amsterdam (Westerpark), Nĳmegen, The Hague, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Leiden, Amsterdam (Museum Square) and Delft, Leeuwarden, Zwolle.
Then the pig went on to Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels and Kortrijk. During the winter and spring she stayed in a meadow in the South of the Netherlands. Last August and September 2020 she was exposed in Hamburg in cooperation with Business Improvement District (BID) Dammtorstraße.
‘Ode to the Pig’ is also the start of the European Campaign, ‘End the Cage Age’. October 8th 2019 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.
I receive many heart-warming messages throughout her journey. Thank you, I am grateful for your appreciation ♥
Many thanks to Varkens in Nood (Pigs in Need), Compassion in World Farming Netherlands, World Animal Protection and Partij voor de Dieren (Party for the Animals). With their support we could realize the project.