Sketches for Art for Animals: Cat Jumps/Always Land on Your Feet, built 2009, installed and performed on in 2010

Chris wants to make art for animals. In order to make art for animals, he needs to know what kind of art animals would like. In order to know what kind of art animals would like, he needs to understand what it's like to be an animal--what it's like to see and hear and think and feel and behave like an animal. These projects are also made for other people to try, so that they can give Chris feedback about their own experiences, and also so they can make their own art for animals. This project is intended to help understand what it is like to jump and balance like a cat.

Cats can effortlessly jump on things far above their heads; even though we are much taller, we can’t jump on things that are nearly as high.

These three platforms have been built so that they would be easy for cats to jump on, but provide much more of a challenge for people. The goal is to jump on top of each platform, then jump back down onto the targets, landing on your feet, without losing your balance at any point.

The first platform is 18" high, the second is 24" high, but long and thin like a railing, and the third is 30" high.

This is a public version of the three cat jumps Chris previously attempted on his own.


Click on the thumbnails to see bigger versions of each picture. The first set of pictures is from Unit B, the second set is from FIMA:



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