Filling what we can only assume is a niche market, art teacher Housetu Sato and his students at the Japan School of Wool Art created an enormous, slightly too realistic cat head of needle-felted wool. Created for an exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, the woolen creation will be on display from April 18-23. Fully wearable, the cat head can transform an unassuming wool arts student into a terrifying cat-human hybrid, the likes of which should never be unleashed upon society.
"We were so preoccupied with whether or not we could create a giant cat head that we didn't stop to think if we should."
Right now, this is the only one of these giant felted heads in existence. Sato has no plans to either mass produce or sell them. However, this is the Internet, so you know there's already a market for these. For now, the giant cat head will remain on display, where visitors can gawk at it. Sato did mention that he would consider renting it out. So if you have a formal event planned, you know who to contact.
In the strictest of artistic terms, the realistic head shows the ability of the students to craft wool into detailed patterns and forms. But to everyone else, it's a giant, awesome, slightly terrifying cat head, and that's totally worthy of praise.
Yes, some brave soul did wear it outside.
Now we just have to wait for Sato to change his mind about mass producing these. If he does, we'll have next year's must-have accessory trend all lined up. So you might want to get ready to see these as the next new fad.