The second offense is more directly related to Wilson’s evaluation of the Cat project. Here’s a news flash—this isn’t about sculpture. (The opening quote is profoundly misplaced.) “Cat-n-Around Catskill” is a community-based fundraising project that uses design to celebrate heritage. Wilson missed the point and should go elsewhere to review true sculpture.
I’ll be the first to admit that when I first heard about the project I was concerned about how it might be perceived. I had lived through the Cow Parade in Manhattan—and genuinely enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how that would translate in Catskill. To my surprise and delight, I must admit that my fears were unsubstantiated. What do you see on the streets of Catskill today? Families strolling from cat to cat taking pictures, generally accompanied by squeals of delight from the youngest members. Just last week I strolled through town with my visiting nieces and their excitement over the cats was truly inspiring. Both immediately returned home to draw picture after picture of the cats they saw—and the cats they wanted to create. Can we measure the influence this will have on their creative development? Well, that would be hard—but it’s not insignificant to note. On that point I don’t think Wilson has walked down Main Street Catskill—or if she did, she didn’t observe the reaction these “works” are having.
Generally, I enjoy your nicely produced publication, but I had to take issue with this article. It’s just the sort of misplaced bitterness I run upstate on weekends to avoid. I, for one, don’t want to read the same article on Hudson’s Dog project.