Cat is embedded in the culture fabric of Kuching city, both in the traditional and the modern culture. In year 2015, another new monumental cat sculpture been erected. It also known as the “Transformers of Kuching City”, or “The Guardian of Kuching City”.
Type : Monumental Cat Sculpture, Entirely made out of used and recyclable materials.
Location : Kuching Esplanade in Jalan Gambir, nearby the entrance gateway of Kuching’s India Street.
Latitude : 1.5601447116911584
Longitude : 110.34249544143678
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Five metal cats position themselves around a circular pedestal, facing outwards in a guarding formation. The cat in the center stood up among the others with decoration featuring chest ornaments from traffic lights and various car parts.
All the metal parts are welded together to form the three dimensional life like cat sculpture. Even without any moving parts, the sculpture still appears lively and readily to tell us a tale from the future.
Over the years, the metal rust and trace of running water and scrapped paint creates a unique sense of antiquity. At night the sculpture is lit up by strong spot light.
The Scrape Metal Cat Sculpture is a Collaborative project between DBKU (Kuching North City Hall) and UiTM (Universiti Teknologi Mara) Sarawak. The Scrap metal is provided by DBKU while UiTM Sarawak Faculty of Arts and Design involves in the construction of the sculpture.
The sculpture is meant to educate people on the importance of public sculpture, creative use of recyclable materials, as well is promote the university’s fine art programme.
There are many tourist attraction nearby not to be miss, which includes the India Street, Floating India Mosque, Kuching Waterfront, Electra House, Tower Market and Orang Utan Murals.