The English countryside is well known for its stately homes and estates steeped in noble heritage. Rumour has it, there’s a Downton Abbey lookalike down every sleepy lane from London to Edinburgh. And no country manor is complete without the traditional, giant, lifelike cat-bush.
At least that’s the view of Richard Saunders, the man behind these fantastic examples of toe-purrrr-y.
Okay, confession time: they’re not real and that was a terrible pun.
In fact, Saunders is constantly having to break the news to people who have seen his photos on Facebook that the ornamental shrubs are all digitally manipulated and there aren’t really hundreds of terrifyingly realistic giant kitties hanging out in England-shire.
The 69-year-old Hertfordshire-based artist was inspired to make these images after wandering by a bush that brought back memories of his beloved cat, Tolly. Since then he has created a whole series of surreal cat topiaries, all of which were modelled from pictures of Tolly, who sadly died earlier this year.
Check out the Topiary Cat’s Facebook Page for more of this awesomeness.