With summer in full-swing, many people are well-into their summer vacations. From exotic destinations to stateside road trips, there’s always something to be seen. In just your neck of the woods alone, there are probably a ton of things you’ve never seen or done. If you are planning a trip to the Hudson Valley – and even if you aren’t – you’ll want to check out a one-of-a-kind locale: a cat shaped roadside museum. Yes, you read that right!
In its place since 2010, the museum is a sight to see even just coming upon it. After all, not many places can boast that they have a 15-foot-high cat perched atop them. And it doesn’t exactly blend in with the other buildings – the tops of the ears are level with those surrounding it. Brooklyn-born artist and builder Matthew Bua is the mastermind behind the unique aspect of the building, which appears to be a quirky kitty who happens to be lounging on the roof.
“I wanted to build something for the village, and I wanted a challenge. I had never built anything animal-shaped before,” said Bua. “And they like cats in the Catskills.”
That’s for sure: a number of organizations, including the New York Foundation of the Arts, have assisted in sponsoring the project. Bua constructed the decorative kitty out of scrap wood and tree branches for the body and old plates and light bulbs for the eyes, which can actually be illuminated at night. Is that impressive or what?! Inside the museum is a collection that undoubtedly celebrates the townspeople and history of the town. Artifacts are placed in glass cases, paintings, maps and other papers line the walls, and, of course, a cat mummy hangs from the rafters in the building. For cat lovers alike, this kooky place is not to be missed!
Photo Source: Matt Bua