Dead cat now a remote-controlled flying helicopter

The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in central Amsterdam. Jansen said the Orvillecopter is part of a visual art project which pays tribute to his cat Orville, by making it fly after it was killed by a car.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in central Amsterdam. Jansen said the Orvillecopter is part of a visual art project which pays tribute to his cat Orville, by making it fly after it was killed by a car.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen, left, looks at his Orvillecopter.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen, left, looks at his Orvillecopter.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, left, is prepared for flight.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, left, is prepared for flight.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.
The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen flies in a gallery as part of the KunstRAI art festival in Amsterdam.

There's something that doesn't just seem quite right about stuffing a dead cat and turning it into a remote-controlled flying helicopter.

Dutch artist Bart Jansen has done just that and debuted his creation, the "Orvillecopter", at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam at the weekend.

Jansen describes the "Orvillecopter" - so named because the cat used was called Orville - as "half cat, half machine". Orville had belonged to Jansen and died after he was hit by a car.

“After a period of mourning, he received his propellers posthumously,” Jansen said.

A video posted to YouTube shows the flying feline slowly hover a few metres in the air in a park, it's body permanantely spread eagle with propellors on its front paws.

Jansen teamed up with radio control helicopter expert Arjen Beltman after having a taxidermist preserve the pussy cat

The "Orvillecopter" doesn’t fly quite right, however, a glitch Jansen hopes to fix.

''He will receive more powerful engines and larger props for his birthday,'' Jansen said, adding that he hoped the upgrades will allow for a more ''steady flight.''

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