Ode to the Pig
‘Ode to the Pig’ is a sculpture of a pig that jumps into 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 various cities; Amsterdam (Westerpark), Nĳmegen, The Hague, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Arnhem, Groningen, Maastricht, Leiden, Amsterdam Museum Square and Delft.
The happy pig continued her European tour through Belgium. The sculpture went to Antwerp, Brussels and Kortrijk. During the winter and spring she stayed in a meadow in the South of the Netherlands.
I am very pleased that she is now in Hamburg, until September 28. 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.
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.