Monday, December 4, 2023
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Cool Cat Houses? Not What You’re Thinking!

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A few photos from past events.

I’ll drop everything to go to an art exhibit, no matter the subject, but when the subject is shelters for stray and feral cats why isn’t it closer to me?

Part of the joy of viewing an exhibit is simply looking at what’s there, but what further enriches the experience is the concept behind what’s exhibited combined with your own reaction. This exhibit combines award-winning 3-D structures designed and constructed by leading architects in New York, with the specifics of feline preference in mind and for practical use in the outdoors—that’s quite the assignment. And it’s all to benefit the animals living on the streets of New York City, predominantly homeless cats.

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Architects for Animals Giving Shelter

This is the third year the participating firms have designed, built and donated unique outdoor winter shelters to help city kitties find comfort in freezing temperatures. The shelters will be on display for the public at the event and viewers can vote on their favorites. At the end of the evening, the shelters will be donated to community cat caretakers around the city.

According to publicity for the event this year’s participating architectural teams include industry giants H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture; Francis Cauffman Architects; M Moser Associates; Callison Barteluce; Stonehill & Taylor Architects, with a team of students from City College; Zimmerman Workshop; Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat (TASC); and Pilot Projects Design Collective, to name a few.

Admission is a $20 donation ($10 for Certified TNR Caretakers) and includes the exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.

Wonder if I could enter one of my old wooden-packing-pallet-found-object sculptures from years ago. I know there’s a cat occasionally sleeping in the one I have under my deck!

Other bloggers have written about this event where you can see more images of shelters from previous years and read more about the event at Hauspanther, Zee & Zoey, Cat Wisdom 101 and Catsparella, and also visit The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals, Out of the Cage and Architects for Animals.

Have a ball, all my friends who will be attending! Take some great photos!

All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.


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