Taken 04/09/2011 on a photo shoot at the East State Penitentiary in Philadelphia,Pa. USA with other Red Bubbler’s from the Welcome Pa. Group!
These sculptures represent the colony of cats that took up residence in the prison grounds after the closing of the Penitentiary in 1971. It is a testimony to survival.
TAKE CARE OF GOD’S ANIMALS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU
This hand written sign hung on a feeding station at ESP. For twenty-eight years Dan McCloud (Dan the Cat Man) came to the prison three times a week to care for and feed his 30-40 jailhouse cats. In 1993 the cats were trapped and neutered by the Spayed Club. The population dwindled and several years later Dan turned the cat care over to the staff at ESP.
The “ghosts” of these cats are represented by white castings and were modeled to reflect the physical body type of the animals from the original colony. The installation debuted with 39 sculptures, which have dwindled to 13 in 2010. The remaining cats are dispersed throughout the prison where they can be seen on the self-guided tour.
Linda Brenner is the sculpture artist.
Canon EOS 60D w/tri-pod
Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens
3 exposures -2,0,+2