When fine-art sculpture can be used as cat furniture

When you have a cat, the world changes. Not, of course, in the scientific sense of the atoms, particles and snowflakes that make up the universe suddenly taking on new shapes, but in the way you see things. Once with the cat, you interpret everything through the lens of the feline. So when I went to a museum of Japanese sculptor artist Isamu Noguchi during the January lull of the year, my lasting impression became, “It would be a much better museum with cats in it.”

Let me explain: Noguchi’s work is designed and chiseled from various types of fancy stone, and he errs on the large size. So, as you walk through the museum, you will be struck by the sense of space around the sculptures and how they could be used beyond just being objects to be seen.

Yes, that’s where cats come in.

So when I saw the above sculpture made of black and pink granite, my thought was, “Wouldn’t this make a great cat food and water station?” And wouldn’t the museum seem like a more perky place with a coterie of kittens lounging around lapping up Fancy Feast and drinking water? »

These cat-centric thoughts continued as I walked through the rest of the museum. The next piece, titled Drag the mantra, was inspired by Noguchi’s visit to several astronomical observatories in northern India. To me, it’s full of potential to become a playful feline piece of furniture: let the cat climb the stairs, throw a treat down the slide, then marvel as the furball slides past it. Lather, rinse and repeat jap.

In an equally playful way, this Contoured Playground the sculpture looks a step above the usual cat play station. Throw a ball in there and let the cat hit and roll over the smooth, curved lines and undulating grooves.

At Noguchi’s Monument to heroes seems like it would make a brilliantly taxing tower for the exceptional cat climber.

magic ring is a floor sculpture that would accommodate a cat bed while giving an apartment a slick artistic vibe.

I also think the Floor frameConstructed of bronze, would be a wonderful all-purpose piece, allowing a cat to play and jump around, nap on it, and even rub its little cat face against the edges.

When I got back from the Noguchi Museum, I decided to look up and see if the artist himself had ever had cats. The online biographies I came across didn’t seem to illuminate his stance towards the feline form, but I did find that at some point in his career Noguchi created a series of glass crystal plates with a cat engraved on it. Maybe there really was substance to my feline flight?

This is how my visit to a sculpture museum became a reflection on cats. Have you ever visited a museum and, despite your best attempts to appreciate the artwork, decided that the whole shebang should be a cat park? Let us know in the comments below!

Learn more about cats in art:

On Philippe Mlynar: The self-proclaimed world’s foremost expert on rapper’s cats. When he’s not writing posts about rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red) . He also invented sushi for cats, but it’s not quite what you think.

Mildred D. Field