Visiting 10 Famous Cat Statues Around the World
Let’s talk about the cat! Yes, I’m celebrating the Lunar New Year in Vietnam – The Year of the Cat. So I think of a bucket list related to the cat to finish this year, the cat statues around the world. Indeed, many parts of the world have carved cat statues to honor its dedication and bring good luck. They are so much interesting to know and visit while we are exploring the world, especially this year.
Mrs. Chippy Cat Statue in Wellington, New Zealand
Chippy the cat lives aboard the Endurance, a ship piloted by explorer Ernest Shackleton. However, this cat may belong to Harry McNish, the ship’s carpenter. When he learned that Chippy and the pets living on the ship needed legal action, Shackleton killed them. In honor of this kitten, the New Zealand Antarctic Society created a bronze statue of the cat Chippy to place on McNish’s grave.
Trim the Cat Statue in Sydney, Australia
It’s Trim a sea cat. He traveled the world with British navigator Matthew Flinders. Especially, this biracial cat has very dexterous legs with the ability to walk easily on a boat. Even, he could swim back to the ship despite falling as a kitten. When Flinders was imprisoned in Mauritius, Trim disappeared. In memory of this impressive cat, sculptor John Cornwell erected a bronze statue of Trim in 1996 and placed it near the statue of Flinders.
Monument to the Cat Panteleimon in Kyiv, Ukraine
This is a beloved gray Persian cat and the mascot of a popular local restaurant. Unfortunately, a fire burned down the restaurant and killed the kitten. In honor of Panteleimon, a statue of this cat was erected in the park. Locals believe that stroking its tail can bring good luck.
Hamish McHamish Cat Statue in St. Andrews Town, Scotland
This is a tabby cat who loves to go places, to homes and businesses, and to meet people all over the city. Therefore, the city loves this cat so much that they have started fundraising to erect a small monument in his honor. Designed by Scottish sculptor, David Annand, Hamish’s statue was completed in 2014. Unfortunately, that year, Hamish also passed away.
Towser the Mouser in Perthshire, Scotland
Of the cat statues, this is possibly the most impressive. In fact, Scotland’s oldest working distillery is home to a mighty cat named Towser. This cat protected all the grain by killing 28,889 mice and lived to be 24 years old.
Monument to the Cat Totti in Roshchino, Russia
Totti is one of the most loyal cats when many people talk about it. This kitten belongs to Edith Irene Södergran, a Finnish poet. After the poet died, Totti refused to eat and drink and went to his master’s grave every day. Later, sculptor Nina Terno erected a statue in honor of this faithful cat.
Colorful Cat Statue in Sliema Town, Malta
The clear blue water here creates a beautiful contrast to this colorful cat statue. In fact, the statue is carved to represent all the lovely and friendly local cats that roam the park. Matthew Pandolfino is the artist behind this cat statue.
Katzenbalgen – Statue of Homeless Cats in Braunschweig, Germany
German sculptor Siegfried Neuenhausen erected this statue in honor of all the feral cats in the city. They are all bronze cat statues in different poses. Truly, you may see this statue’s incredible realism at the first glance.
Statue of Hodge the Cat in London, England
This is a much-loved cat of British writer Samuel Johnson. In 1997, the city erected a bronze statue of Hodge in Gough Square for the writer and his cat to be forever remembered.
Maneki-neko in Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Gotokuji is a Buddhist temple. In particular, it is most likely the birthplace of the lucky cat statue. Indeed, this temple contains a lot of these figurines. All of the cat statues there are said to be symbols of good luck.
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