A Dutch artist has found an unusual way to keep the memory of his pet cat alive, by turning the animal into a helicopter.
Bart Jansen teamed up with radio-controlled helicopter builder Arjen Beltman to build the ‘Orvillecopter’, a remote-controlled cat-helicopter hybrid which is now on display at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.
Orville the cat who was named after American aviation pioneer Orville Wright, was recently killed by a car was stuffed first and had propellers attached to each of its four paws, enabling him to fly across rooms at the touch of a remote control..
Describing his new creation as “half cat, half machine”, Jansen insisted the use of the cat’s remains was respectful and honored a life well lived.
‘After a period of mourning he received his propellers posthumously,’ said the Dutch artist.
However, it seems that the “half cat, half machine” is not yet the finished article and Jansen has pledged to make improvements to the design, as its flight is often a bit erratic.
Adding that Orville will soon be “flying with the birds”, Jansen explained: “Oh how he loved birds.
“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday. So this hopping will soon change into steady flight.”