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article imageOp-Ed: Orvillecopter, the story of the cat-turned-helicopter

By Melissa Horrocks     Jun 4, 2012 in Odd News
Amsterdam - If you have ever wondered what to do with your beloved cat when it dies, why not turn it into a flying helicopter? The Orvillecopter is one man's dead cat turned into artwork.
According to Oddity Central, Dutch artist Bart Jansen loved his pet cat so much that he decided to turn it into a piece of artwork. Jansen could not stand to think of life without his beloved cat and that is why he turned his cat, Orville into artwork. Orville was turned into a helicopter called the Orvillecopter.
Jansen named his pet cat after the well known aviator Orville Wright. Therefore, one can understand why he would choose to turn his cat into a remote-controlled helicopter. However, I must admit that I struggle with the thought of ever turning my pets into artwork. Taxidermy is just not up my street and I cannot understand how someone would do this. Still, if it helps with the grief, then maybe it is acceptable, if not just a little strange.
Orville was stuffed by a taxidermist before the artist teamed up with radio-controlled helicopter professional Arjen Beltman who made the cat fly for the first time.
Beltman created a custom mechanism which he then attached to the stuffed cat to design an amazingly strange flying machine. On Saturday, Jansen revealed his bizarre invention at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.
Once Jansen had spent time mourning, he received his propellers. Jansen felt that it was right to build a flying machine, so his cat could spend time chasing birds, which he loved so much. Currently, the flying machine does not work very well, but Jansen is going to buy larger props and more powerful engines, so that it will fly better.
The video below demonstrates the artwork. I think you can see the love the man has for his cat when he looks it in the eyes. However, I don't think it is ever something that I would do with any of my animals. I want to remember them how they were and not stuffed. Still, millions of animal lovers do get their pets stuffed after they have departed this world. What do you think?
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