Everyone is familiar with the charming Japanese maneki neko cats – gold, white, and black, seen in entrances and windows all over the International District, bringing fortune to their owners with their beckoning paws. Catwave, Ling Chun’s playful new motion-sensitive installation, literally triggers a “wave of fortune” for those fortunate pedestrians that walk by the brilliant gold cats.
Sited in the peeling lobby of the soon-to-be-remodeled Publix hotel, and likely the last Storefront installation at this popular site, we chose to site Chun’s installation in the hotel to honor the former (and future) tenants of the Publix; the Uwajimaya family, who have been long-term property sponsors; as well those waiting outside the hotel for the buses picking up neighborhood residents headed to the casinos.
Chun realized the project with the guidance of Michael Park of Jigsaw Renaissance, and the project is supported in part by a generous grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe Fund.
Through March 2014
Fifth and Weller, Chinatown, Seattle