JJ’s sculpture gets a hearty reception at Edwards Lifesciences

Artist JJ Hegarty (left) with Edwards Lifesciences Limerick plant manager Andrew Walls.

EDWARDS Lifesciences recently unveiled a sculpture by Limerick artist JJ Hegarty at its new technology plant in Castletroy.

Edwards commissioned the sculpture and worked in collaboration with the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) to issue a call for local artists to submit designs.

The winning artwork was chosen by Edwards’ employees.

“The sculpture consists of two stainless steel pieces of work placed together to create a heart,” said Mr Hegarty, who was chosen for his design and on the strength of his portfolio of previous work, such as the ‘Tree of Life’ fountain he designed for Limerick Prison in 2018.

“The two works of stainless steel could be thought of as Limerick and America merging together as one. I really wanted to incorporate elements in this piece that would portray the heart of the people working here and the heart of the city. This piece is meant to connect to Edwards’ engineering roots, its focus on treating heart disease and the merging of our communities,” he explained

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Edwards Lifesciences established operations in Ireland in 2018 in the Shannon Free Zone and opened its new plant in the National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick in October of 2021, with the intention to create in total up to 850 jobs in the coming years.

Andrew Walls, 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 with the beautiful work that JJ produced.  We hope this piece of art will be a daily inspiration for our staff and employees in Castletroy as we focus on manufacturing life-saving medical technologies for our patients.”