Lucky Angst Cat is a public art project by Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, commissioned and produced by South into North.
When South into North invited Plenge Jakobsen to contribute a work to their home page, as part of the year-long digital commissioning project Nothing Like Home, his contribution ended up spilling out of the web into the streets of Copenhagen. 1500 pink and blue posters representing a fortune cat with the Chinese word for ‘angst’ written on the belly were distributed around the city in the fall of 2014.
This is the text that accompanied the invite to the launch of the work at Copenhagen’s bar Vinhanen:
Darkness is falling upon us. Onto this city, out on the flat lands. It sticks on the skin of the buildings, peels off the windows of our homes.
Lucky Angst Cat is wandering the streets wishing us good luck in this dark hour. To remind us of that, which we cannot read.
Don’t we forget of our fears!
The Japanese proverb says: if a cat washes its face, a visitor is expected. The Chinese proverb says: if a cat washes its face, it will rain.
Visitors are coming. It surely will rain.
Please come and join us for a glass of wine to exorcise our anxieties.Take a poster home, switch on a light.
Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (born 1967, Copenhagen) is a Danish conceptual artist, who works in a variety of media, from sculpture and installation art to performance and public interventions. Plenge Jakobsen has had exhibitions at Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, South London Gallery and Portikus in Frankfurt. He has studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1987–94, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Institut des Hautes Etudes en Art plastique, Paris, France, from 1992-93.