Fact: Cathenge is a breathtakingly innovative and fantastically imaginative
masterpiece!!!
 
Cathenge Cat Temple 
Burning Man 2019
Cathenge honors the feline principle of life and consciousness.  This is a temple that celebrates cats, and the feline spirit as it is expressed in human nature.  Hearkening back to the tradition of cat goddess worship in Ancient Egypt, Cathenge seizes the zeitgeist of the worldwide cat craze and brings it to the heart of the Black Rock City with elegant and mystical statues created with the latest technology in 3D printing and an extraordinary holophonic surround-a-sound sculpture.

Cathenge is a Cat Temple.

 

Think tall, elegant, mystical cat statues, nine for the nine lives of cats, standing in a circle like the standing stones of Stonehenge. Glowing and pulsing with light, and purring in resonant harmonic frequencies, beaming lasers from their eyes, these are the "Catoliths" that emanate the Universal Cat Consciousness, "Holofelinity". Made of translucent plastic and standing 13' tall, The Catoliths evolve human consciousness to a higher more intuitive and feline state of awareness; the state of Holofelinity.

 

The Catoliths surround the central shrine of “Pussiopolis”.  A dome surrounded by an array of three imposing Lioness Goddess heads.  Visitors to Pussiopolis must go cat-like on all fours through the mouths of the Lionesses to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum of Holofelinity.  There they will find an array of countless “Catulets”, magical glowing cat amulets, that represent represent monetary pledges to the temple and through which donors receive blessings for their individual pet cats and allow their cats to add to the power of Holofelinity radiating from Cathenge.

 

Pussiopolis is a  place for intimate cat worship rituals, spritual workshops, storytelling and more. The ritual festivities at Cathenge will culminate on “Purrsday” (Thursday night of the Burn) when the Catulets are awarded to Cathenge donors. The awarding of the Catulets will comprise a Hypererotic Interactive SpaceCat Rock Opera; “Romeow and Mewliet”. Think Shakespeare meets ‘Story of O’ meets ‘Barbarella’ meets ‘Puss’n’Boots’ and you begin to get the picture. Yet, you are not to merely view this picture - you are an active part of the drama co-creating the denoument of star-crossed romance between Catulets and Montamews that culminates into one big “Purrgasm” of collective LOVE for our universal and immortal soul that will have you shaking your friskly little kitty bootys all night long!!!

Overhead view of Cathenge.  Array of Catoliths in outer circle and Pussiopolis in the Center.  Lasers converge on dome of Pussiopolis.

Catolith Prototype, 5' Tall, in the Studio of Cathenge Creator, David Normal.  This statue was 3D printed in parts using transparent PETG and assembled around a spine of interactive LED lights.  Interactive purring using Infra-Red Fields sensing was created by Theremin Barney.

Central Shrine of Pussiopolis.  Three Lioness Goddess heads arrayed around a dome.  Visitors must crouch on all fours to enter the dome.  Pussiopolis is the Sanctum Sanctorum of Holofelinity, a place for intimate cat worship rituals and the repository of countless Catulets, magical cat amulets that radiate the power of Universal Cat Consciousness.

Central Shrine of Pussiopolis.  Three Lioness Goddess heads arrayed around a dome.  Visitors must crouch on all fours to enter the dome.  Pussiopolis is the Sanctum Sanctorum of Holofelinity, a place for intimate cat worship rituals and the repository of countless Catulets, magical cat amulets that radiate the power of Universal Cat Consciousness.

The Catolith is an interactive sound, light and laser sculpture.  Standing 13' tall, these mystical cat statues radiate the power of Holofelinity.  Each Catolith is tuned to a note on the Solfeggio Scale of nine healing tones.  The purr of the Catoliths is modulated interactively through touch yielding deeply resonant harmonies.  All nine cat statues form a surround-a-sound holophonic sound system created by Mobius Acoustics.  Visitors to Cathenge may explore the unique vibrations not only through sound but through light - the Catoliths light up with Kitty Kundalini manifesting the power of their Cat Chakras.