We all know that cats always come and go as they please, and as devout cat loving citizens the residence of Bern, Switzerland have decided to help their furry friends to move more easily – by building cat ladders. The charming Swiss phenomenon was captured on film by a Switzerland-based graphic designer and writer Brigitte Schuster and would be the theme of her fourth book with the title Swiss Cat Ladders.
“A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural and aesthetic perspectives, which are elaborated in an accompanying text,” asking questions like, “Whether we humans should really impose the cat ladders we have created, to cats.” – Brigette talked about her book.
Brigette said she first discovered the cat ladders when she moved to Bern five years ago. “When walking through Bern’s neighborhoods, I noticed the many and unusual cat ladders. As someone who comes from outside, unlike some locals, I found these cat ladders extraordinary.”
Swiss Cat Ladders is the latest from her publishing company and is expected to print in September 2019. “Through a publication, the fugacious and cultural heritage of the cat ladder will be preserved, archived and conveyed to following generations.”
With a large portfolio of art, she still said that her favorite thing to photograph at the moment is cat ladders and enjoys searching and finding new constructions. Schuster encourages that budding photographers take a page out of her book and “photograph your passion.”
Brigette loves capturing the ladders between a tree connected to a balcony.
Cat stairs with a dwelling place for the cat and possibly other animals. Here is also cat food ready.
Here the mailboxes are used as a support to extend the door sill.
Ladder reaching to the third floor. It is one of the highest ladders seen in Bern.