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Oman-Beverly Smyth sponsors Dublin’s pigs

Mar 02, 2015
Oman-Beverly Smyth is the warehousing sponsor for the Pigs on Parade fundraising campaign in aid of Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation taking place Dublin in January.

Pigs on Parade is a public arts initiative launched last November.  It follows on from Jack & Jill's successful Big Egg Hunt in 2013 which saw 100 giant life-size pieces of Egg Art going on display across Dublin engaging thousands of people in the biggest egg hunt the city has ever seen.

The pigs were initially stored by Oman-Beverly Smyth while artists were being chosen to paint them.  When the designs were complete, the pigs were delivered back to the company before they were released on to the streets of the city.

Irish artists Vincent Devine and Willie Redmond, both from Co. Offaly, unveiled the first two completed Pigs at Art Source in the Royal Dublin Society.  Vincent Devine’s pig design called ‘Relativity’ is based, according to the artist, on abstract realism drawn from his subconscious and represents the mother and father of the child with the Jack & Jill Foundation surrounding and draping them in a comforting and supportive way.

Willie Redmond’s pig design is inspired from the bogland landscape where he grew up in Offaly aptly named ‘Hog in a Bog, can’t see the tree little pig for the woods’. The Birch Trees are prevalent in the piece which conveys depth and water through bogpools and floating leaves; both dramatic and distinctive pieces incorporating their style on this unique canvas.

Pigs on Parade will see 100 unique pieces of art in the form of painted and decorated life-size fiberglass pigs designed by leading artists and designers going on display in public accessible areas around Dublin City in January 2015. All Pigs are available to be sponsored or purchased in the lead up to the parade see

Jonathan Irwin Founder & CEO of Jack & Jill said, “We are very excited to launch Pigs on Parade both from a fundraising perspective and as it creates unique pieces of art for the public to view. The monies raised from this campaign will support home nursing care for our 300 sick children nationwide. On behalf of the families we support, thanks to Oman, UPS, Q102, and Kia Motors for the support to date for the campaign and also to all the 100 artists on board."

In January 2015 Jack & Jill invited people to find the pigs, with a chance to win lots of fantastic prizes. All the Pigs will then be auctioned off online and will culminate in a live auction in March 2015, all in aid of Jack & Jill.

Follow the herd’s progress on Facebook at Pigs on Parade, Twitter using the hashtag Pigs on Parade and Instagram.

Photo: Willie Redmond (left) and Vincent Devine (right) with Jonathan Irwin Founder & CEO of Jack & Jill

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