Medical technology firm unveils new sculpture by local Limerick artist

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EDWARDS Lifesciences has unveiled a sculpture by a local artist at its new medical technology factory in Limerick.

The sculpture, by JJ Hegarty, was commissioned by Edwards in conjunction with the Limerick School of Art and Design to call for local artists to submit designs.

Mr Hegarty was chosen for the project because of his design and the strength of his portfolio of previous work, such as the Tree of Life fountain he designed for Limerick Prison in 2018.

He said: “The sculpture consists of two stainless steel pieces placed together to create a heart.

“The two stainless steel works could be seen as Limerick and America merging into one. I really wanted to incorporate elements into this piece that would represent the heart of the people working here and the heart of the city.

“This piece is meant to connect with Edwards’ engineering roots, his focus on treating heart disease, and bringing our communities together.”

Edwards Lifesciences established operations in Ireland in 2018 in the Shannon Free Zone and opened its new factory in Castletroy National Technology Park in October 2021.

    Artist JJ Hegarty is pictured with Andrew Walls, Edwards Lifesciences PIC: Alan Place

In the new factory, employees manufacture vital medical technologies, including innovative therapies for heart valves.

Andrew Walls, Plant Managing Director at Edwards Lifesciences in Ireland, said: “We are very proud to be part of the local community here in Limerick and are delighted with the fine work that JJ has produced.

“We hope this work of art will be a daily inspiration to our staff and employees at Castletroy as we focus on making life-saving medical technologies for our patients.”

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