“Rob Rogalski’s whimsical art enraptures. His miniature movie sets, his puppets, and his sculptures transport you to a fantasy world that feels breathtakingly real.” Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Rob’s work, while pleasing for humans, has also found some fans in the feline world too, with this incredible cat tree installation that is just perfect for adventurous kitties.
The adorable cat climber installation that was made at a friend’s house over the course of a summer is one of a kind, custom-designed, and built on the location, so if you’d like one yourself, you’ll need to invite Rob over!
“First, I design and build to the specific needs of the location and my clients,” Rob told Bored Panda. “Each cat playground is different; it is an organic process.”
“For permanent installations, like trees, human and cat furniture, beds, reading nooks, etc. I start my DIY projects by constructing a wooden armature, to give structure, then I attaché, then carve sheets or blocks of foam that are then covered with a paper pulp/particle clay.”
“That is then mixed with heavy-duty wood glue.. (or even fiberglass resin, but I prefer not to use fiberglass) This is extremely durable.”
“For home improvements that need a little less structure, or is temporary, like a theatrical set, or storefront display, I’ll build “a tree” out of cardboard and paper mache. Sometimes I’ll do a mix of both techniques. This is still very durable.”
Rob also does other similar pieces, like these tree-shelves in a little girl’s bedroom
“Because of the time and the labor involved in making something like this, I charge a minimum of $4000 to $4500,” Rob explains. “This doesn’t include the cost for supplies, that are paid for by my client separately. The total amount is contingent on the size and extras added. The material needs vary from job-to-job and time spent.”
“If you want to commission me to build your family pet a tree, please feel free to contact me!”