Last Wednesday, October 19th, the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks issued a one year permit for Cathenge to be installed and exhibited at Patricia’s Green Park (Octavia and Fell streets, Hayes Valley). This is the green light, the permission, Cathenge has been waiting for! By October 31st 2022 Cathenge will be all finished and ready to receive the public.
Needless to say, the whole Cathenge Crew of collaborators and I are very excited. We are in the home-stretch of production. Many final tasks and finishing touches are being completed. The “Holofelinity Sound-Light Sculpture” is being refined and perfected. The base is being decorated with laser cut space cat themed motifs and metallic gilding. The cats are being given their final clear-coat of iridescent hi-gloss finish. So many details being coordinated, a concerted collaborative effort of a dedicated team of artists and technicians, an elaborate and meticulous vision on a monumental scale is being realized.
It has also been a concerted effort of SF City Officials from different departments, as well as engineers, insurance agents and other professionals to work through and process all the regulations, civic and legal requirements to bring a sculpture like this to the public. It is easy to take public artworks for granted, but behind the scenes; the large amount of administrative work required to produce them cannot be underestimated.
Here are photos and videos documenting the latest efforts of Cathenge in progress.