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NUA student works with Cats Protection on three year art awareness project

Norwich shoppers visiting Cats Protection on Plumstead Road are in for a visual treat this Christmas thanks to the work of Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) student Kazz Morohashi. On display is ‘Meow Mansion’, a large gingerbread house installation that visually narrates the story of two unneutered cats, Kitty and Boots, and their rapidly expanding family.

Gingerbread house

Meow Mansion by Kazz Morohashi

For the next four Christmas seasons the gingerbread house will be home to an annually growing number of gingerbread cats. This year’s exhibition shows the pair of cats preparing to celebrate Christmas with 65 of their offspring. Next year they will nervously expect some 300 more kittens to join the festivities, with the figure growing to 11,801 cats by 2017 to highlight the extent of the cat overpopulation problem experienced in the UK and in many other parts of the world due to a lack of neutering.

Gingerbread house

Meow Mansion by Kazz Morohashi

Kazz, who studies MA Communication Design at NUA, worked in collaboration with Cats Protection on the three-year intervention art project to visually convey the impact of the international issue and encourage more people to support a happy healthy population of cats by neutering and rescuing cats in need of attention. Sales of an accompanying book about Kitty and Boots and ceramic cat ornaments will raise funds for Cats Protection.

Gingerbread house

Meow Mansion by Kazz Morohashi

Kazz explains: “As a Communication Design student, it was a great project to develop and realise. My hope is that the project can grow with the same impact of cat population. That is, I hope that somewhere next year, I can install another large gingerbread house with 300 cats, maybe more. I sincerely hope that the project will help raise awareness through photo sharing on social media and look forward to any feedback.”

The exhibition is on show at Cats Protection, 193B Plumstead Road from 9am-5pm, Tuesdays – Fridays until 6 January (some irregular closures through the winter break).

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