The project Cats Can Win, by brothers Ernestas and Liudas Parulskis, appeared in 2014, during a time of heated debate about the future of Soviet-era sculptures on the Green Bridge in Vilnius.
In 1952, four sets of sculptures were erected at the two ends of the bridge as a propagandistic tribute to the Soviet regime. After the restoration of Lithuanian independence, discussions began about the removal of the statues. Artists proposed modifying the sculptures to maintain a balance between past and present. Others felt that the statues embodied an enemy that had to be defeated at all costs.
After conducting an informal poll of Vilnius residents, Ernestas Parulskis realized that people were receptive to non-ideological works of art in their urban environment. When asked how they might react if the bridge statues were replaced with cat sculptures, people were overjoyed. After all, not a soul in the world could object to a cat statuette. Indeed, they’re almost lions, and lions adorn bridges in many parts of the globe.