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Dutch artist turns his dead cat into flying helicopter, dubbed Orvillecopter

A Dutch artist turned his cat into a flying helicopter, after it was run over by a car.

Dutchman Bart Jansen stuffed Orville before teaming up with a radio control helicopter expert to attach propellers to each of its four paws.

The cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, is now a permanent piece of artwork. The cat artwork dubbed “Orvillecopter” was put on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen calls his creation the Orvillecopter and describes it as “half-cat, half-machine ” and part of a visual art project to pay tribute to his pet.

The artist says he did observe a period of mourning before turning his dead cat into a flying machine, but he clearly thinks he’s done Orville a favor by giving him flight after death.

“Now he is flying with the birds,” he writes. “The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!”

Bart Jansen‘s work is mostly about what happens when the race for technological progress meets human error, according to an artist’s statement.

Cats may get nine lives, but not quite like this. It did take Jansen a while to get his Orvillecopter to work, as a series of YouTube videos shows.

“He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday, so this hopping will soon change into steady flight,” he said.