I wanted to make art for animals. In order to make art for animals, I needed to know what kind of art animals would like. In order to know what kind of art animals would like, I needed 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. Thus, a series called Sketches for 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.
I built these three platforms so that they would be easy for cats to jump on, but provide 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.
These were installed at Unit B gallery in San Antonio (top) and at FIMA in Montreal (bottom).