Meeting Neighbors Through Art

North Carolina is home to millions of pigs, but because these animals are crowded in factory farms and rarely seen by the public, people don’t realize that they are as cognitively and emotionally complex as the dogs and cats we live with. By putting pigs on ‘parade’ in Asheville, and recognizing the city’s many vibrant vegan-friendly businesses, we hope to change hearts and minds about these incredible animals.

Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur

In Asheville, the state’s arts and vegan mecca (where the mayor recently signed a proclamation deeming August 28–September 3 “Vegan Awareness Week”), the first sign that pigs are making their long overdue debut into North Carolina society are colorful life-sized pig statues popping up outside of business storefronts all over the city as part of Farm Sanctuary’s campaign. Painted by local artists and bearing names such as “Letting Pigs Fly,” “The Decisions We Make,” “Cycle of Life,” Pigs are Playful,” “Let Compassion Bloom,” and “The Dreamer,” the pigs are being met by people with curiosity and delight. And it’s inspiring people to post selfies using hashtag, #ThePigPicture, as each painted pig receives a visit.

The Pigs

“Let Compassion Bloom”

Anissa Metheny, Leicester, NC

Pigs are emotional, loving, intelligent, playful beings who live in a cruel environment, where they are denied the ability to live naturally.

“Let Compassion Bloom” is on display at Plant, located at 165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

“Cycle of Life”

Joseph Pearson, Asheville, NC

Wetlands support eclectic and varied life forms necessary to sustaining the ecosystem. All life forms are connected and as such deserve to be fairly and humanely treated.

“Cycle of Life” is on display at The Block Off Biltmore, located at 39 S Market St B, Asheville, NC 28801

“The Decisions We Make”

Lena Greenstone, Asheville, NC

Consider the juxtaposition of the daily choice we make in regards to factory farming practices and daily diet and lifestyle choices. All children deserve the best, this includes human children of all races and socio-economic statuses and little piglets.

“The Decisions We Make” is on display at Firestorm Cafe & Books, located at 610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

“Letting Pigs Fly”

Jenny Joleen, Asheville, NC

Pigs deserve to live fulfilling, joyous lives, free from the control and abuse of others, just like any other being on this planet.

“Letting Pigs Fly” is on display at Sanctuary Brewing Company, located at 147 1st Ave E, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

“The Dreamer”

Abbi Kay, Barnardsville, NC

A pig raised on a factory farm will go her entire life without ever seeing the sky. Instead, she spends her life dreaming of the moment she walks outside and experiences the world for the first time.

“The Dreamer” is on display at VeganAirbnb.com.

“Pigs are Playful”

Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Asheville, NC

Working across multiple generations closes impossible gaps; collaboration builds life-changing relationships; and creativity can bring about positive changes to our communities and ourselves.

“Pigs are Playful” is on display at BEAN Vegan Cuisine, located at 2145 Hendersonville Rd, Arden, NC 28704.