Ode to the Pig
‘Ode to the Pig’ is a sculpture 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 different cities; Amsterdam Westerpark, Nĳmegen, The Hague, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Leiden, Amsterdam Museum Square and Delft.
The happy pig continues her European tour. The sculpture went to Antwerp, Brussels and Kortrijk. Currently she is in a meadow in the south of the Netherlands. This August she goes to Hamburg.
‘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.
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 I could realize the project.