The world mourned when Internet sensation Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) passed away this past spring. The comically expressive house cat had been the face of countless memes since she first appeared on a Reddit thread back in 2012. She ruled the interwebs with her adorable scowl. And garnered the attention of millions of admirers worldwide.
Almost everywhere you went, you’d see reminders of this sweet girl with the cutest little permanent scowl. Now, months after her passing, her memory is being honored on a street corner in Milwaukee.
Schuster Metals is near the corner of North 30th Street and West North Avenue. It was one of several businesses in the area to take part in the East Tosa mural project in July 2019. A group called Summer Sprays hosted a “graffiti jam” where they worked together to put up 7 murals throughout the north side of Milwaukee.
The building-sized memorial of Grumpy Cat is the brainchild of Chicago-based muralist It’s Mathematical. The street art features (one of) the Internet’s favorite cats arriving at heaven’s pearly gates. In her beloved fashion, Grumpy Cat is still not impressed. Her giant disapproving eyes and trademark scowl look out over the street to remind everyone to be #GrumpyForever. And we think it’s beautiful!
Sam Essak, co-owner of Schuster Metals, said they asked the artists to tag the wall of their building. It was a unique way to bring color to their street corner. They got what they asked for! And their tribute to Grumpy Cat has also been attracting major attention.
Fans of the memorialized kitty can’t help but stop and take selfies. Some people are traveling for miles just to see the mural in real life.
Grumpy Cat may be gone, but she’s definitely not forgotten. And with that soul-penetrating stare, how could she ever be?!
REMEMBER: SPAY/NEUTER, FOSTER, VOLUNTEER, TNR & AS ALWAYS, ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!
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