About Cathenge

Cathenge is an Immersive Cat Temple Art Installation
Created by David Normal for:
~Patricia’s Green (San Francisco Arts Commission – forthcoming 2022!)~
~Institute of Crazyology 2021~
~Burning Man 2019~

Original 3D Visualization for Cathenge Burning Man Installation 2019

Cathenge is an interactive 3D printed Cat Temple dedicated to the Extraterrestrial Spacecats.  Think: Tall, Elegant, Mystical Cat Statues – “The Catoliths” .  Six in total, arrayed in a circle like the standing stones of Stonehenge, the Catoliths symbolize “Holofelinity” – Universal Cat Consciousness.  Like the Monoliths of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, through direct interaction with the Catoliths human consciousness is evolved.  The Catoltih’s intuitively bestow “Holofelinity”,  the way of the Space Cats; a healing message of timeless love and peace.

As a 3D printed sculptural installation, Cathenge represents the leading edge of ambition for the artistic application of large format additive printing.  The sculptures are a multi-media fusion using 3D  printed plastics and decorated with acrylic paints and gilding. LED lighting, lasers, sound, vibration and electronic interactive sensing are integral to the effect and provide visitors a direct experience of the mystical Spacecat consciousness. 

Visitors to Cathenge experience the majesty of the Catoliths through their interactive sound and lights.  The six Catoliths are like a set of windchimes and entering into their circle is an interactive experience of harmonic tones and lights that respond directly to movement.  The Cats use a passive infrared sensor to trigger an array of harmonic samples in the sacred “Solfeggio” tones and these tones are coordinated with changes in the color and pattern of the LED lights that illuminate the cats from within through the translucent plastic.

Cathenge at Burning Man 2019

Cathenge at Burning Man 2019 (Photo by Dennis Helladanko)

Cathenge was first created as theme art for Burning Man 2019. It was Black Rock City’s original, official Cat Temple.

Cathenge at Institute of Crazyology 2021

Crazyology Inaugural Ball, June 20th 2021 (Photo by Herman Privette)

The Catoliths, the mystical interactive Cat Statues of Black Rock City’s Cathenge Cat Temple, were installed in downtown San Francisco at David Normal’s, “Institute of Crazyology”, which was located at 1000 Van Ness, the landmark “Don Lee Building”, the gothic revival historic Cadillac Dealership building in the heart of San Francisco.

Cathenge at Patricia’ Green (Forthcoming!)

In 2021, The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously to award David Normal the grant to create a new installation of Cathenge at Patricia’s Green Park in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco. This prestigious award continues a tradition of noteworthy Burning Man art often showcased at this location. Beginning in 2006 with the re-creation of a Burning Man Temple designed by David Best, the small yet popular Patricia’s Green has displayed many amazing pieces over the years. Cathenge will succeed sculptor Dana Albany’s exquisite, “Tara Mechani” – a hard act to follow!