Sunday, 24 December 2017

A Ship’s Cat,

is a must have, 

 for any sailing vessel, there has been a historic tradition of carrying a cat onboard many trading, exploration and naval ships, 

 the main purpose of having a ship’s cat was to ward off mice and rats that could cause damage to ropes and wires, as well as spread disease, but their calming nature and ability to comfort, established them as an ideal traveling companion,

 inspired by the bravery and fearlessness of these cats, Japanese sculptor Kenji Yanobe, made these over sized cats,

  and in his latest work titled Ship’s Cat, Yanobe he has created a series of large-scale cat sculptures in various positions wearing protective helmets, the first Ship’s Cat sculpture was installed earlier this year at a hostel in Hakata, known as Japan’s oldest port town, 

several others were later added as well, creating surreal scenes of cats in helmets that sort of look cute, but are slightly menacing, I have a feeling that a cat of this size would view us as food,

but for now, in the spirit of traveling, some of those cat sculptures have landed in Tokyo at the new Ginza Six department store, they’ll be on display at Tsutaya Books on the 6th floor, now through December 28th as part of a special Christmas exhibition featuring cat art, and why the helmets? as Captain Kirk would say, 'Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before', well how else are cats going to travel in space?

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