Last week was the launch of Louis, the cat mosaic – it was a great day alongside the WIllesden Green Town Team sumptious cakes and fund and awareness raising event at the tube station (Willesden Green).
Lots of people who had worked on the mosaic came along on this very special morning, with some surprising sunny weather! Fernando Soler and John Doyle from Jubilee Line, Transport For London were also in attendance, making the speeches, and working the crowd!
The cat was welcomed by the well wishers who came for the launch and to enjoy the wonderful spread of cakes which Deborah Mahs, chair of WGTT, managed to organise, to raise money and awareness for the Town Team’s future projects – children growing vegetables, shop locally, greening of willesden green and….
We are developing plans to continue the mosaic theme in WiIlesden Green with a Catwalk Mosaic throughout the town area linking areas from the tube to the bus station at the Dudden Hill side, with lots of small cats along the way on various walls and pavements. We have started a spacehive fund for general public to donate….
The inspiration for this project came from a postcard I glimpsed by Louis Wain, a now forgotten, but much loved and popular artist in the turn of the 20th century. His work became quite ‘kaleidscopic’ and vibrant in his later life (linked to mental instability, it has been claimed) but very inspiring, whimsical, and in my mind thought provoking about the fragile human mental condition. He was also a previous resident of the Willesden area.
The catwalk can also be used as a metaphor to symbolise community spirit, as each cat will have a different character and outlook but can provide a visual link for bringing the local area together when visited along the high street.