Ode to the Pig

‘Ode to the Pig’ is a sculpture of a pig that jumps to freedom. Together with my boyfriend Dirk-Jan Schrander I created the sculpture. 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 sculpture reflects the joy and the life’s energy that every being has.

Last year ‘Ode to the Pig’ travelled through the Netherlands and was exposed in 12 cities where many people joined the pig; Amsterdam, Nijmegen, The Hague, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Leiden and Delft.

‘Ode to the Pig’ continues her European tour in Antwerp at the Groenplaats, Brussels in between the European Parliament and now she is placed in Kortrijk at the Broelkaai.

‘Ode to the Pig’ is also the start of the European Campaign ‘End the Cage Age’ to stop the use of cages in animal farming. This year more than 1,5 million European citizens signed the European petition. ‘Ode to the Pig’ was exposed October 8th in front of the European Commission in Brussels to celebrate the 1,5 million votes and 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 sculpture.