Edwards Lifesciences commissions local artist to design artwork for its new medical technology plant in Limerick

Artist JJ Hegarty pictured at Limerick School of Art and Design to announce his sculptural commission by Edwards Lifesciences for their new campus in Castletroy. Photo by Diarmuid Greene

EDWARDS Lifesciences is proud to announce that the company has commissioned a sculpture by local artist, JJ Hegarty, which will be displayed in its new technology plant in Castletroy, Limerick.

Edwards Lifesciences established operations in Ireland in 2018 in the Shannon Free Zone and recently recruited its 200th employee. The company will soon open a new plant in the National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick with the intention to create in total up to 600 jobs in the coming years.

At the new plant, employees will be responsible for the manufacture of breakthrough innovative heart valve therapies and life-saving medical technologies. The artwork will be installed on the grounds of the plant and will be revealed later this year.

The commission of the sculpture illustrates Edwards’ continued commitment to and investment in the region. The call for local artists was issued in collaboration with the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD). The final artwork was then selected by employees and staff of Edwards Lifesciences in Ireland and will be positioned in the building so it can be seen and accessed by all employees.

The commissioned artist, JJ Hegarty, was previously a technician at LSAD and is now a tutor in Limerick Prison working with the Limerick Education and Training Board. His submission was inspired by Edwards’ heart valve therapies as well as the company’s local story and ethos. It is in line with his portfolio of previous work, such as the ‘Tree of Life’ fountain he had designed for Limerick Prison in 2018.

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Winning artist, JJ Hegarty, said, “I am thrilled to be chosen as the commissioning artist for such important work. Edward Lifesciences has truly committed themselves to the region of Limerick and it is an incredible feeling to be part of their local story.”

 Nathan Tenzer, Plant General Manager at Edwards Lifesciences in Ireland commented, “We are very proud to be a part of the local community here in Limerick and we are delighted to be partnering with JJ Hegarty, an incredibly talented local artist. His work and vision reflect our dedication and commitment to the advancement of medical technologies. We hope this piece of art will not only reflect the work we do but also be a centrepiece for our staff and employees in Castletroy.”

About Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader of patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring. We are driven by a passion for patients, dedicated to improving and enhancing lives through partnerships with clinicians and stakeholders across the global healthcare landscape. For more information, visit Edwards.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.