Tuesday 16 January 2018

Anger over 'pig on a spit' art in shopping centre

'Cracklin Rosie' by Niall O'Loughlin. Photo: Paul Sherwood.
'Cracklin Rosie' by Niall O'Loughlin. Photo: Paul Sherwood.

Paul Healy

COMPLAINTS have been made to Dublin's St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre over a controversial art instalment of a pig roasted on a spit.

'Crackling Rosie', inset, by Niall O'Loughlin is one of six pieces from Jack & Jill's fundraising initiative 'The Pig Parade', which was launched last week.

The piece sparked anger from some members of the public who said that the display was "sick" and lacked empathy or compassion for animals.

Mr O'Loughlin, who is a regular contributor to the Irish Independent, said that he "couldn't believe" the complaints. One complainant said he should "stick to drawing cartoons".

"Apparently it was offensive to animal rights activists. If they are so offended by this display, are they going to be offended at the ham sandwich that's for sale in the shop next door?" Mr O'Loughlin said. "I never in a million years thought that this would cause controversy."

The Jack and Jill Foundation said that it "respects and welcomes all opinions" but that the installation has also led to many positive responses and sale enquiries.

Jonathan Irwin, CEO and Founder of the Jack & Jill Foundation, said: "We respect and welcome all opinions regarding this art fundraiser and we are of course disappointed that some people are upset about this piece of art, which is one of 100 art pieces on the Pig Parade in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation."

Irish Independent

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