Who thinks of this shit? Cool shit, that is. It says so, right there on the sign.
Friday night we were invited to an art event at an empty warehouse at the Navy Yard, courtesy of Washington Project for the Arts. They are a non-profit who supports artists and the same group that Yolanda’s office supports in their major fundraiser each year, called Art Night. We got in for the preview – before the real action began.
Here is the Cat by day. Its cat handlers were running around in matching yellow suits, pumping the thing up with air and testing the computers that project random art provided by whomever wants to “Feed the Cat” online. Crazy.
In an adjacent tent they had a few other distractions, including a giant Lite Brite (remember those?), light sticks and gizmos to dress up your wardrobe, cool cat shit for sale, and a photo booth where you put on gloves with electrified fingers and “paint” a picture with light, in reverse.
Back inside the frozen warehouse (record cold that night) the show began with a puff of smoke, a blast of music out of the very loud speakers, followed by colorful lasers shooting out of its big cat eyes.
It was an unusual experience to say the least, and apparently sold out to record crowds. Who would have thought?