~MATT BUA/CATAMOUNT PEOPLE’S MUSEUM/OPENING
unlike the impression we got from the earliest photos – Matt had sent us – that the big wooden cat was the top of the – or the actual roof – of a small building – it was a wonderful surprise – to see that the handmade bobcat – comprised the entire museum building – it was more of a lean-to – though in fact a totally free-standing sheltering structure . . . and, made with great innovation !! how fun.
MATT BUA – founder & builder of the first ever CATAMOUNT PEOPLE’S MUSEUM.
literally built from the grass roots-up . . . the ‘museum’ collection – is also an on-going grass roots in-progress open to the public – endeavor, too. the way a real folk museum should be – a true people’s museum and community gathering spot.
LOL !! – the stories stayed brief – it . . .
was . . . hard to type – on a vintage ribbon-fed typewriter – as opposed to a modern-day keyboard !!
it was fun to watch the generation that never had – try to deal with it !!
“NANCY SMITH, KATE & THEO CERIGO VISITED SEPT 4, 2010 – FROM NYC VIA PINE HILLS.”
“we have been coming upstate almost every summer from New York City since we were kids to stay at a friend’s summer house and get some country life in our city systems.
it’s always hard to leave and go back to the city.
maybe we are all just made for the mountains.”
another of the charming and very practical, though absolutely rustic – DIY design features – handmade seating, some for individuals, some to share . . . fashioned from found tree parts, mostly branches, and some wood planks & scraps . . .
a look from the backside of the “lean-to” !!
well actually, inside the belly of the cat – it was a pretty sturdy free-standing structure – that seemed to grow up from the ground and take on an organic life. cat, museum, artifacts and all. and it afforded more protection than one would imagine – from the elements. Matt expects the structure to be up – for at least a year – and it is open to the public at all times.
(that’s another chair – fashioned from branches – in the foreground)
you can follow MATT’s project, and check out it’s early beginnings, here.
see: MATT BUA/CATAMOUNT PEOPLE’S MUSEUM/bobcathouse.blogspot.com !!
PHOTOS COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH