Cats are everywhere, you just have know where to look.
Author Terry Pratchett famously said, "In ancient times, cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this." And while, we appreciate the spirit of what Terry's getting at, human's adoration of cats is in no way limited to "ancient times".
These monuments around the world tell stories of how cats have impacted the lives of not only individual artists, but entire communities, who chose to celebrate them in bronze.
Monument to Towser the Mouser
For some their worst nightmare, for others, it's been a startling reality: your cat trotting towards you, grinning, a present between their teeth. Some cats feel compelled to share their prey, and it might just be the Towser spirit in them.
Towser was a cat who lived her entire life (almost 24 years) at the Glenturret Distillery in central Scotland. The distillery has managed to be the oldest in the country with the help of cats who ward off mice and birds from their barley. Towser was one of their finest, winning the Guinness Book of Records for killing the most mice in her lifetime, 28,899. Her prey had been approximated based on the number of daily average trophies she dropped at a human's foot.
Delamore House, UK
Cats on steps
At first glance, you would probably think there are in fact cats lounging on the warm concrete, but instead, this is a playful installation. Even in solid bronze the artist manages to capture how cats are basically liquid.
Monument to Homeless Cats
Installed in 1981, this monument to homeless cats features a pedestal densely crowded with cats. Unclear if they're playing, or in a tiff, but the Katzenbalgen captures cats' swift movements with a stiff medium.
Las Novias del Gato
A collection of cat sculptures celebrates a fellow feline monument nearby. Local artists came together to illustrate their interpretation of the feline spirit through uniquely decorated figures.
Many thanks to Geraldine Moser from @ISUnet for sending me photos of the statue of #Felicette the space cat, recently unveiled at a ceremony at the ISU campus in Strasbourg (pic 3 of 3, image credit: Photo Expression, ISU) pic.twitter.com/gjL76J5N6o— mars_stu (@mars_stu) January 6, 2020
Prefacing this to say we're not celebrating the fact that scientists launched a cat into space in 1963, but we are! celebrating the brave and beautiful Félicette. Fun fact: Félicette was in space longer than Jeff Bezos (seriously).[#BeginTLDR#]There are monuments to cats all over the world, and we're rounding up some of our favorites.[#SplitTLDR#]Keep scrolling for a virtual vacation, or swing by to one of these statues yourself.[#SplitTLDR#]Notably honored throughout history, cats still capture the love of artists and communities everywhere.[#EndTLDR#]