When your beloved feline friend sounds its last purr before disappearing off to the great cattery in the sky, its owner could reasonably be expected to bury it in the yard or take it to a pet cemetery before bidding it a tearful farewell. Not so artist Bart Jansen.
When his cat, Orville, was killed after being hit by a car, he had a rather different idea — to turn his deceased pet into a helicopter. What Orville would’ve thought about being turned into a furry flying machine we’ll sadly never know, but hopefully he would’ve agreed with his owner’s unique idea.
The Dutch artist took his remote-controlled cat copter to the KunstRAI Art Fair in Amsterdam over the weekend, where he powered it up and got Orville airborne.
Describing his creation as “half-cat, half-machine,” the Orvillecopter comprises a dead cat, a Lotus T580 quadcopter and four plastic propellers attached to each of Orville’s paws.
In a description accompanying a YouTube video showing one of the Orvillecopter’s test flights, Jansen explains that his cat was named after the famous aviator Orville Wright — which appears to suggest he always had plans to get Orville off the ground once he left the physical world.
“Now he is finally flying with the birds. The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!” Jansen wrote.
An online profile of the artist says Jansen’s work is “mostly about the race for technological progress in combination with the human error that surrounds this progress” and comprises “mostly inventions, new machines [and] devices that fulfill meaningless functions.” Ah, that’ll be the Orvillecopter then.
The video below shows a spread-eagled Orville flying majestically high above a field, though when he comes close to the ground he scares the living daylights out of some cows who up until then appeared to have been enjoying a quiet afternoon in the country; totally understandable of course as the last thing they expected to see was a cat strapped to a quadcopter coming their way.