Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cats in Art: A Community Art Project, Highland, IL

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I'm using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.  In this case, I'm taking a break from the traditional art I've been featuring to showcase a contemporary piece of artwork: painted tile created as part of of a community park beautification project.

 Both image credits Gary:
This is the town square in the peaceful community of Highland, IL.  The one-block square park features an art deco fountain at its heart (on the right of this image), with a small pavilion beyond (in the left-center of this image).

On the illuminated front wall of the pavilion, facing the fountain, dozens or even hundreds of community members have created tile and painted art.  The bride and I--in town to visit a dear old friend--scoured the wall, looking for cats, and at last spotted this tiny guy in the upper left corner of the wall.  Only about 4" long, the impressionistic kitty just looks like he is reaching out to a human, any human.

I like to think that this cat will still be creating smiles many decades from now, even after the unknown artist is long gone.

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